Links Between Bipolar Disorder and Chronic Pain Explained

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The Discovery of the Opiate Cure by Dr. Robert Cochran, Jr. Could Be a New Hope for Sufferers of Certain Psychiatric Diseases

Doctor Robert T. Cochran, Jr. proposes what could be considered a controversial idea in medical circles. In his new book The Opiate Cure, he asserts that certain types of psychiatric illnesses, collectively classified as the Bipolar Spectrum, are manageable, or even totally curable with the carefully measured administration of opiates.

Opiates such as morphine, codeine, methadone, and others have garnered a less-than-ideal reputation over the years, as they have been prone to be abuse by people who have become addicted to these substances. Moreover, the very idea that these drugs can do a significantly better job at controlling bipolar disorder, even migraine and narcolepsy compared to the conventional psychopharmacological medicines prescribed today sounds like something of a snake oil salesman’s claim: it’s just too good to be true.

The Opiate Cure presents case studies, observations and analyses, and even letters and correspondences with patients; all of these are contributory to the author’s central assertion. Medical professionals, friends and family of the sufferers of psychiatric diseases, and the patients themselves will certainly appreciate the insights this book has to offer.

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About the Author
Robert T. Cochran, Jr., M.D. received his medical training at Vanderbilt, Duke, and the University of Texas. He entered private practice in 1963, specializing in the fields of internal medicine and neurology. In mid-career, he began his studies of chronic pain.

Understanding Chronic Pain, the book in which he explores the relationship between pain and psychiatric disease, was published in 2004. Curing Chronic Pain was published in 2009. In it, he presents examples of the opiate cure, that is, the simultaneous relief of pain and psychiatric disease with opiate therapy. The Opiate Cure presents further development of that theme and introduces several provocative observations.

The Opiate Cure * by Robert T. Cochran Jr., MD
Pain and the Bipolar Spectrum
Publication Date: December 9, 2011
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