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October 25, 2007

Unipolar Depression and Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder

A new study brings to light the problem of incorrect or incomplete diagnosis for people afflicted with bipolar disorder. Patients receiving medication for depression or any mental dysfunction should consult the advice and guidance of a trained mental health professional. The study targeted 790 patients diagnosed with unipolar depression who had previously attended a GP practice in Darlington, Cleveland by sending them Mood Disorder Questionnaires (MDQ). Of the original 790, 278 patients returned the questionnaires and the results were that 24 percent had an episode of mania or mild mania. Subsequent assessment of the patients showed that half had bipolar disorder.

UK Researcher Dr. Stuart Watson from the University of Newcastle, Department of Psychiatry, points out that "treating bipolar patients as though they had depression could exacerbate the condition. ‘The guidelines say that bipolar patients shouldn’t be on an antidepressant drug without an antimania drug,’ he said. The concern is that treating bipolar disorder with antidepressants alone can exacerbate the mania side of the disorder."

Again, this study brings to light the problem of incorrect or incomplete diagnosis. The MDQ is one way to diagnose people afflicted with bipolar disorder and consulting a mental health professional for this or any other mental diagnosis and treatment is preferential. It reduces the chance of incomplete or misdiagnosis.

Source: Healthcare Republic

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October 1, 2007

Youth Interrupted - How one person's Bipolar Disorder led to a major Adolecent Mental Health Program

The Adolescent Mental Health Initiative is a major, University of Pennsylvania-led effort to address what one expert calls the "chronic diseases of the young."

There is a good story this month in the University of Pennsylvania Alumni magazine on a major new mental health initiative that is taking place there. Its a story of hope - of how one person's struggle with bipolar disorder has led to a major adolescent mental health initiative that could help thousands, if not millions, of people.

Following is a short quote from the story:

Before Patrick Jamieson was able to get his bipolar disorder under control, his life was unraveling. Mania and depression had transformed the rutty road of adolescence into a kind of carnival speedway, one whose surface alternated between rain-slicked blacktop and tire-engulfing mud.

“During one manic episode, I followed the turn signals of the car ahead of me for direction because I thought God was trying to lead me,” he recalls in his 2006 memoir, Mind Race: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager’s Experience with Bipolar Disorder. “But mania sparks second and third interpretations for every action. Alternatively, I thought following the car ahead of me would reveal something important and otherwise unknowable, a mystery unraveled—where that car was going.”

Patrick Jamieson is now the editor of a series of books for the Adolescent Mental Health Initiative (AMHI), whose mission is to “synthesize and disseminate scientific research on the prevention and treatment of mental disorders in adolescents.” One of those books is Mind Race, which he describes as “the book I searched for and could not find” when he was finally diagnosed at age 15.

Read the full story: Youth, Interrupted

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Treating and Preventing Adolescent Mental Health Disorders (Including Bipolar Disorder)

There is an excellent book on treating and preventing adolescent (teen) mental health disorders - including bipolar disorder - that has been made available for everyone to read on the internet. The book is (in total) 800 pages long - with a lot of valuable information for mental health workers and students studying issues related to mental health. Parents and individuals who have bipolar disorder might also benefit from the book - though it is somewhat technical. The book was first published in 2005.

Here is the information most relevant to Bipolar Disorder:

Part I. Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Chapter 1. Defining Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Chapter 2. Treatment of Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Chapter 3. Prevention of Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Chapter 4. Research Agenda for Depression and Bipolar Disorder

For the entire book's table of contents (and access to all the contents of the book) to to the following page:

Treating and Preventing Adolescent Mental Health Disorders - What We Know and What We Don't Know. A Research Agenda for Improving the Mental Health of our Youth

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