Dear Dr. SerVaas:
My 13-year-old grandson has been diagnosed with bipolar. Here was a boy who was an A/B student--loved school. Now it has all gone down the tubes. I am 76 years old, and my life is also going down the tubes. I love this child more than life itself. If I could give him my brain, I would in a heartbeat. Is there such a thing as a brain transplant?
Any info you could give me, I would appreciate. Thank you for your time and effort.
Newton, New Hampshire
Dear Grandma Gooch:
You're generous to be thinking of donating your brain for your grandson! Unfortunately, brain transplants are not yet available, but please don't despair.
Your beloved grandson could go into remission for years, or brilliant researchers may find the magic bullet for this perplexing disorder.
Lithium carbonate has been the gold-standard treatment for bipolar for almost 50 years, and Lamictal is now getting good reviews.
Some investigators believe that people with bipolar can be helped with thyroid pills, as they may have low-grade thyroid deficiency.
Our daughter is researching multiple sclerosis treatments. She believes MS and bipolar are possibly both caused by a latent virus in the brain.
As for you, cheer up! Read about all the very productive and brilliant composers, artists, and authors who were and are bipolar. The Post has written extensively about Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison who, as a bipolar, went on to become a best-selling author and distinguished professor at Johns Hopkins.
If you and other interested readers would like reprints of SatEvePost articles about bipolar and the good work being done, please check off as many articles as you like from the following list and send a donation of $10.00 or more to the Medical Education & Research Foundation (MERF), P.O. Box 567, Indianapolis, IN 46202.
For a copy of our TV interview on bipolar disease, contribute $20.00 or more, and your donation to MERF will go to a good cause. We support bipolar research at Indiana University School of Medicine with Dr. John Nurnberger.
We feel your pain, but wish you hope and good cheer.
* Mar./Apr. 1996, "The Post Investigates Manic-Depression"
* Jan./Feb. 1999, "Post Update--The Genetics of Bipolar Disorder"
* Jan./Feb. 1999, "Teens at Risk (for bipolar suicide)"
* May/June 2000, "Post Update--Surveying the Genetics of Bipolar Disorder"
* Sept./Oct. 2001, "Omega-3 for Bipolar Disorder-Restoring the Balance"
* Mar./Apr. 2005, "Unraveling the Genetics of Bipolar Disorder"
* Mar./Apr. 2005, "New Strategy for Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder"
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