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November 10, 2009

Large Increase in Pediatric Bipolar Disorder?

The Issue The steady drum beat of diagnosing kids and adolescents across the U.S. with mental illnesses seems to have quickened during the past few years. Increasingly, parents come out of meetings with school counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists et. al. with a diagnosis of pediatric bipolar disorder, early onset bipolar disorder and/or ADHD and a prescription for psychiatric medicines. These diagnoses can both calm and alarm parents. Several recent posts from Kimberly Read, a regular contributor to About.com regarding bipolar disorder, caught my eye. She sites a whopping 4,000 percent increase in pediatric bipolar disorder; I was intrigued by this statistic Read more...
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October 16, 2009

Initial onset of Bipolar during College years

This recent article http://healthnews.uc.edu/news/?/9324 caught my attention. It discusses the notion that depression in young college students can begin to manifest itself just weeks after school starts; at that time, the "the honeymoon period" is over and the ongoing stress of pursuing academic performance kicks in. Bipolar patients often experience a first depression during college. The first onset of a manic or depressed mood characteristic of bipolar disorder usually occurs during the late teens and early 20's; at least half of all cases start before age 25* Attending college offers numerous triggers to set off a bad mood. The difference Read more...
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November 2, 2007

Signs of Bipolar Disorder in Teens and Young Adults

Recently, we've covered stories on bipolar disorder in youth. With the rise in the number of teens diagnosed, it's important to know what signs to look for. But as the story which recently appeared in The San Diego Union-Tribune points out, knowing the signs may not be enough. The problem is that many parents notice abnormal behavior in their children but chalk it up to an "adolescent or teenage phase" that will pass. And though this may be the case for most teens, for the best possible prognosis, those suffering from mental illness should be diagnosed and treated as soon Read more...
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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 Read more...
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September 4, 2007

Bipolar Diagnosis Increasingly Common in Youth

The number of visits to a doctor's office that resulted in a diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children and adolescents has increased by 40 times over the last decade, reported researchers funded in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Over the same time period, the number of visits by adults resulting in a bipolar disorder diagnosis almost doubled. The cause of these increases is unclear. Many experts theorize that the jump reflects that doctors are more expansively applying the diagnosis to children, and don't believe that the incidence of the disorder has increased. "From a developmental point of Read more...
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April 22, 2007

The Struggles to Get Help for a Bipolar Son in College

The recent events at Virginia Tech have gotten many groups putting more of a look into the difficulty of getting good mental health treatments in the US. The issue of how difficult it is to get help for many people who suffer from bipolar disorder is covered in this recent NPR interview with the noted author Pete Early. In the interview he mentions: "the real tragedy here is why aren't people getting help. Fairfax County, again where Cho is from, it's the wealthiest county in Virginia. It's one of the wealthiest counties in the United States. There's a two-month wait Read more...
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December 17, 2006

Health Insurance Company Offering First Ever Bipolar Disease Management Program

Aetna Behavioral Health, a leading diversified health care benefits companies, introduces the industry first Bipolar Disease Management Program. This voluntary program plans to better treat clients suffering with bipolar disorder by giving information and care management; all in hopes of increasing medication and treatment adherence, and in turn reducing relapse. Read more...
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July 24, 2006

Researching Drug Interventions in Bipolar Offspring: Current Ongoing Research

Here is a Blog about Stanford Medical Center and Lucile Packard Children's Hospitals recent research into treating children who exhibit symptoms, but do not meet the diagnostic criteria for Bipolar I or II with mood stabilizers (Davalproex). The study was headed by Dr. Kiki Chang, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the School of Medicine and a psychiatrist at Packard Children's Hospital. "Our goal is to identify these children early for treatment and perhaps prevention," Chang said. "If we can prevent bipolar disease in childhood, we can prevent later treatment resistance and future complications like substance abuse, poor Read more...
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July 10, 2006

Redefining Bipolar Disorder: Toward DSM-V

By: Mary L. Pillips, M.D., and Ellen Frank, Ph.D. Here is a short editorial by Dr. Mary Phillips and Ellen Frank, Ph.D. discussing possible redefining Bipolar Disorder for the upcoming DSM-V. They ask that Bipolar Disorder DSM-V criteria reflect the multiple dimensions that are commonly affected (anxiety, eating, and substance abuse disorder, medical illness, sleep disruption, and dysfunctional social relations). Redefining Bipolar Disorder: Toward DSM-V. The American Journal of Psychiatry (http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/) July 2006. Read more...
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January 24, 2006

Finding bipolar disorder with MRI

A special series of articles is now available on the MIT technology review web site. Their focus is "feature on brain imaging techniques that could lead to improved diagnosis of psychiatric ailments" One of the leaders in the effort to enlist MRI in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric ailments is John Port at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Port is a neuroradiologist who began his career by studying electrical engineering and computer science at MIT and later earned a PhD in cell biology and an MD from the University of Illinois. So he's in a good position to Read more...
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August 2, 2005

Highlights from SZ/BP Education Day

On Saturday morning, Drs. Ira Glick, Terence Ketter, and Po Wong gave enlightening talks on schizophrenia and bipolar disorder to a packed Fairchild Auditorium on the Stanford University campus. Dr. Glick expressed surprise and gratitude that so many of the community had a clear interest in these disorders. He seemed pleased with the success of the first annual schizophrenia and bipolar education day, which has been in the works for about a year. The day began with a continental breakfast and a welcome address from Dr. Glick, who said that the objective of this event was to "increase public awareness Read more...
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