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Bipolar Depression Associated with Suicidal Ideation

Bipolar disorder is an illness that causes notable changes in a person’s mood, energy and ability to think clearly. People suffering with bipolar disorder experience high and low moods—known as mania (highs) and depression (lows). These common, severe behavior changes in a person suffering from bipolar disorder are generally and notably different then the mood changes most experience. Bipolar depression is a common symptom of this mental illness, and in more than half of patients, bipolar depression is associated with suicidal ideation, the thought of ending one’s life.

Currently, the only FDA approved treatment for patients with Bipolar Depression, associated with suicidal ideation is electroshock therapy, a procedure, done under general anesthesia, in which electric currents are passed through the brain, intentionally triggering a brief seizure.