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CASE STUDIES:Depression & Bipolar Disorder

Please note: Case studies summarizing patientsí responses to care are intended for educational purposes only and do not imply a guarantee of benefit. Individual results may vary, depending upon several factors including age of the patient, severity of the condition, severity of the spinal injury, and duration of time the condition has been present.

Female, 48, Bipolar Disorder

This 48-year-old female suffered from bipolar disorder for 30 years prior to seeking help from upper cervical chiropractic care. The episodes of depression and mania started during her teenage years and she had tried a number of different medications over the years.

During her upper cervical chiropractic evaluation, an upper neck injury was discovered. She recalled experiencing a horse back riding accident during her junior high years in which she sustained a concussion. She concluded her neck injury could have occurred then. After receiving treatment for her neck injury, she reported a marked improvement in her health, specifically the bipolar problem was reduced tremendously. She reported that she received more results from upper cervical care versus any other treatment or medication she had tried over the years.

Female, 18, Amenorrhea, Constipation, Depression

This 18-year-old female was involved in an auto accident at the age of 16 in which her car ran off of the road at 60mph and hit an embankment. She was not wearing a seat belt and the air bags deployed. She was taken to the hospital with the possible diagnosis of a head/neck injury and she was later released. Immediately thereafter, she began suffering from a variety of health problems include amenorrhea, stomach and bowel malfunction, and depression. She also reported feeling neck stiffness. None of these health problems were present prior to the accident and no other traumas were reported. During the two years following the accident, she underwent treatment with medications and hormone therapy but her health problems persisted.

At her initial evaluation, she reported that she had not had a period in 2 years, that she had been taking numerous medications for depression, and that she required medications and herbal supplements to move her bowels. During her initial evaluation, an upper cervical injury was discovered, which was most likely caused by her auto accident.

She began treatment and all of her symptoms gradually began to improve over a 4 month period. By six months, her menstrual cycle, her bowels, and her mood were normalized and she was able to discontinue all medications. She was also able to attend college as a normal, healthy college student.

Female, Age 21, Migraine Headaches, Dizzy spells, Depression

This 21-year-old female had been suffering from 3-6 migraines per week and approximately 3 dizzy spells per week for the previous few years. She also had been suffering from depression. She had fallen and suffered a concussion 5 years prior and felt as though her health had deteriorated since that fall.

During her initial evaluation, an upper neck injury was discovered, which perhaps could have been caused by the fall that also caused the concussion. After the first upper cervical adjustment, she reported noticing her symptoms improve. Within a few months, all symptoms were absent and she was able to discontinue all medications.

Female, Age 8, Bipolar Disorder

This 8-year-old female was diagnosed with rapid-cycling bipolar disorder at age 3. She had been prescribed numerous medications including mood stabilizers and anti-psychotics. She had also tried a number of alternative therapies including ayurveda, massage, nutrition, acupuncture, general chiropractic, etc. Because nothing was helping, her parents had her discontinue all therapies and medications and began looking for other options. She began a supplement program with a special combination of vitamins and minerals that seemed to help her condition. Her parents also decided to have her undergo and upper cervical chiropractic evaluation.

At her evaluation, an upper neck injury was discovered. Her parents recalled that she fell out of her bed at age 2 and surmised that perhaps that fall was the source of their child's neck injury. After undergoing the first upper cervical adjustment, no further adjustments were necessary as her neck healed and stabilized. In the first month, her parents reported some improvement in her condition but that her mood still fluctuated quite extensively. By the third month, her parents reported a substantial improvement in her mood in that she could easily handle situations that previously had set off episodes of mania, such as birthday parties, sleepovers, etc. In addition, they reported that she had also experienced improvement in her motor developement in that balance and coordination had also dramatically improved.

Female, Age 47, Sleep Disorder, Fatigue, Depression

This 47-year-old female suffered from a sleep disorder since her daughter's birth 12 years prior. She had been unable to get a good night's sleep since and as a result was extremely fatigued. She also described trouble with depression and mood swings because of her extreme lack of sleep. She described most nights with frequent awakening without any consistent sleep hours in a row.

During her initial evaluation, an upper neck injury was discovered. It was postulated that going through the birthing process was enough to cause injury in her case since the development of the sleep disorder coincided with her daughter's birth. One week after the initiation of upper cervical care, she began sleeping and reported several nights where she slept between 7 and 10 hours without awakening. This continued consistently and she felt her energy and her happy mood return. Eventually she was able to discontinue all sleep and anti-depression medications.

Male, Age 22, Bipolar Disorder, Migraine Headaches

This 22-year-old male had been suffering with bipolar disorder and migraines headaches since grade school. His parents recalled the following health history. At one year old, he fell out of his high chair and landed on his head. At age 3, he fell backwards on the basketball court and his his head hard on the ground. In second grade, his concentration problems started. In fourth grade, he participated in judo and was repeatedly thrown on his head. In fifth grade, he started having migraine headaches and mild depression. In ninth grade, he fell off of a stage at school, hit his head, and was knocked unconscious for 15 minutes. In tenth grade, he was involved in an auto accident in which he was rear-ended at 25 mph. In eleventh grade, mania started. As a result, he had more trouble in school, and was assaulted by a school administrator. At the time of his initial upper cervical chiropractic evaluation, he was living at home and undergoing drug therapy with several anti-depressant medications.

During his evaluation, an upper neck injury was discovered that could have been caused by any number of his previous head/neck traumas. After the first upper cervical adjustment, he reported "feeling better," with less headaches and a better mood. His parents agreed. Within several months, all headaches were absent and he reported having a stable mood, without any manic or depressive episodes.

Male, Age 23, Bipolar Disorder, Epilepsy, Sleep Disorder, Headaches, Back Pain

This 23-year-old male suffered a closed head injury at age 17 in which he landed on his head due to a pole-vaulting accident at a high school track meet. Since the fall, he suffered from bipolar disorder (rapid-cycling mood swings), seizures (2-3 per day), daily headaches, daily neck and back pain, and sleep disorder (he would often be awake for 24-36 straight hours before finally going to sleep and then often would sleep for 24 or more hours). He was taking tegretol for bipolar disorder and pain medication for headaches.

During this patient's upper cervical exam, an upper neck injury was found, most likely stemming from the pole-vaulting accident. The injury was compromising this patient's brain and spinal cord function. After five months of upper cervical care, all mood swings, headaches, seizures, pain, and sleep trouble were corrected, and all medications were discontinued. All family members remarked at the enormous change in the patient's mental outlook, personality, and health.

Female, Age 44, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Depression, Neck Pain

This 44-year-old was involved in an auto accident 25 years prior in which she hit her head on the windshield. Several years later, she had her first episode of neck pain in which her neck seized up and laterally flexed to the left. Over the years, she sporadically woke up in tremendous pain due to her neck seizing up. During the year prior to upper cervical treatment, the neck pain worsened with more frequent episodes. She also suffered with irritable bowel syndrome for the year prior to upper cervical care and experienced depression as a result of all of her discomfort.

During her initial upper cervical chiropractic exam, an upper neck injury was found, perhaps resulting from her auto accident several decades before. After only three weeks of care, her neck pain and irritable bowel syndrome were completely gone. She returned to normal eating and normal exercise. The depression disappeared as well. Several years later, she had no return of symptoms.

Male, Age 9, Tourette Syndrome, ADHD, Depression, Insomnia, Headaches, Asthma

This 9-year-old boy began having health problems soon after his birth (a forceps birth). He also fell down the stairs at age 1. He had many infections including ear infections and pneumonia every year for the first several years of his life. He was diagnosed with asthma at age 2 and prescribed inhalers. The asthma attacks occurred during weather changes, humidity, and physical activity. By age 7, he was diagnosed with ADHD and Tourette Syndrome. The Tourette's tics occurred head to toe and involved his eyes, neck, voice, rolling of his toes, flinching of his side, and lifting of his arms overhead. He was not prescribed Ritalin for ADHD due to an increased risk of tics. In addition, he was diagnosed with insomnia and depression at age 8 and was prescribed 2 different anti-depressant medications. He also experienced neck pain and headaches 3 times per week since age 8.

During this boy's upper cervical exam, a neck injury was found, which possibly stemmed from either his birth or fall down the stairs. After his first upper cervical adjustment, his mother reported only 2 days later: 1) his attitude and personality were happier, 2) no headaches, 3) no neck pain, 4) no wheezing, 5) tics were cut in half, 6) slept through the night. One month later, no headaches or neck pain occurred over the month; no asthma or wheezing occurred over the month and no asthma medications were used; all motor tics were completely gone and only an occasional verbal tic occurred; sleeping had been consistently improved; personality and behavior had been consistently improved and anti-depressants had been cut in half; attention in school to school work and interaction with other kids in school was also greatly improved. Six weeks after the first adjustment, all symptoms were absent. All family members remarked that by having his neck injury corrected, the boy had become a completely different, happy, and healthy child.

Male, Age 45, Bipolar Disorder, Neck Pain, Tendonitis, Allergies

This 45-year-old male suffered two accidents as a child: one skull fracture from falling off a slide and one concussion from diving into the shallow end of a pool. In both cases, he remembered injuring his neck. Chronic neck pain developed in high school and continued for 30 years. He was also diagnosed with manic depression in high school and was prescribed lithium. In his 20's, he developed allergies and had trouble with itchy eyes, a chronic cough, and a frequent plugged nose. Approximately two years before seeking help from upper cervical care, he developed tendonitis ("tennis elbow") in his right elbow. The tendonitis bothered him constantly even though he iced it, took anti-inflammatories, and let it rest.

During his initial upper cervical chiropractic exam, an upper neck injury was found. It could have resulted from either of the two accidents he recalled from his childhood or some other incident. After several months of upper cervical care, all neck pain, tendonitis, and allergies disappeared. In addition, his mood swings evened out so he no longer had alternating episodes of mania or depression. Instead, he described himself as having more even and steady moods. One year after the start of upper cervical care, he remained free from neck pain, tendonitis, allergies, and mood swings.

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