Britney has already been released from the hospital. According to TMZ she was throwing a tantrum on the 7th floor demanding to be released. She was reportedly screaming at staff and would not stay still even pulling her IV out. Yup, that's the Brit we all know!
There is rumors that Brit-Brit's problems stem from bipolar disorder and not substance abuse and. Maybe that's why Dr. Phil visited her at the hospital right before she was released?
The hospital released her without telling anybody involved in her custody case.
So it seems like we are back at square one with Britney and we are definitely gonna see more breakdowns from her if she doesn't acknowledge the fact that she is bipolar.
So what exactly is bipolar disorder? According to abilify.com Bipolar disorder, formerly called manic-depressive illness, is a condition that affects more than two million Americans. People who have this illness tend to experience extreme mood swings, along with other specific symptoms and behaviors. These mood swings or "episodes" can take three forms: manic episodes, depressive episodes, or "mixed" episodes.
The symptoms of a manic episode often include elevated mood (feeling extremely happy), being extremely irritable and anxious, talking too fast and too much, and having an unusual increase in energy and a reduced need for sleep. It's also very common for someone to act impulsively during a manic episode, and engage in behaviors that are risky or that they later regret, like spending sprees. And in over half of all manic episodes, people are troubled by delusions or hallucinations. For example, they may think they have a relationship with someone famous, claim to be an expert in an area they really know nothing about, feel paranoid (unusually fearful), or hear voices that are not there.
The symptoms of a depressive episode often include an overwhelming feeling of emptiness or sadness, a lack of energy, a loss of interest in things, trouble concentrating, changes in normal sleep or appetite, and/or thoughts of dying or suicide.
A mixed episode includes symptoms that are both manic and depressive.
What causes it?
The symptoms of bipolar disorder are thought to be caused by an imbalance of key chemicals in the brain. The brain is made up of billions of nerve cells that move a constant stream of information from one to the other. To keep the information flowing, the cells release chemicals known as "neurotransmitters." Two key neurotransmitters that are needed for brain function are dopamine and serotonin, which play a crucial role in emotional health.
Many scientists believe that when the levels of these neurotransmitters aren't quite right, it may result in bipolar disorder. For instance, too much dopamine in certain parts of the brain can cause symptoms such as delusions, while too little dopamine in other parts of the brain can cause symptoms such as a lack of emotion and energy.
How can medicine help?
Although there is no cure for bipolar disorder, medicine can play a key role in helping you manage your symptoms and extreme mood swings. It can help make your behavior more even and predictable.
Many people act very agitated, uncooperative, and aggressive during acute manic episodes, which can be frightening. Medicine can help get these behaviors back under control. Once that's achieved, your healthcare provider may recommend continuing medicine (along with psychotherapy and support from your family and friends) to help you stay stable.
But taking medicine as prescribed and staying on it can be hard. You may feel like you don't need medicine when your symptoms improve. And because the side effects can be bothersome, you may want to stop taking medicine altogether. It's important to continue taking your medicine until you talk with your healthcare provider.
Counseling, training, and support
With counseling, including psychotherapy, training, and support from family and friends, you may find it easier to deal with the emotions and stresses of bipolar disorder. Find out about sources of support and other resources for information.