October 27, 2009

Review of Mood Tracking Software: MoodTracker.com

MoodTracker.com Our findings are drawn from conversations with the MoodTracker.com CEO (David Hale), current users of MoodTraker.com, and our independent review of MoodTracker.com. We plan to monitor this software, stay in touch with active users and provide subsequent updates. We use pseudonyms to ensure MoodTracker users' privacy. What is MoodTracker.com? MoodTracker.com is a web-based Mood Tracking system which helps people who suffer from bipolar depression or depression track relevant information & data associated with their illness. This information includes: establishing a daily mood chart; charting a patient's "Mood History;" establishing a patient's Medical History; building in Support Alerts which offer Read more...
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October 2, 2009

Some Teens and Young Adults May Grow Out of Their Bipolar Disorder

University of Missouri researchers have found evidence that nearly half of those diagnosed between the ages of 18 and 25 may outgrow the disorder by the time they reach 30. "Using two large nationally representative studies, we found that there was a strikingly high peak prevalence of bipolar disorders in emerging adulthood," said David Cicero, doctoral student in the Department of Psychological Sciences in the College of Arts and Science David Cicero is a graduate student, who led a paper on treatment of bipolar disorder. David Cicero is a graduate student, who led a paper on treatment of bipolar disorder. Read more...
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September 15, 2009

Review of Mood Tracking Software: bStable

bStableTM (McGraw Systems LLC) Our findings are drawn from conversations with the McGraw Systems CEO (Ben McGraw) and current users of bStable, and our independent review of bStable. We plan to use this software and provide a subsequent report on how it performs over time. We use pseudonyms to ensure bStable users' privacy. What is bStable? bStable is a comprehensive "Life Management System" software tool which enables patients diagnosed with affective disorders such as Bipolar Disorder or Depression, their loved ones, psychiatrists, and psychologists to manage the patient's disease state. Patients input and track numerous relevant areas that affect their Read more...
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December 13, 2007

Bipolar Disorder Improves With Routine Sleep Patterns?

Researchers that sleep is connected to bipolar disorder. That is, past research has shown that bipolar patients have difficulty with sleep and often suffer from sleep-related problems. Now new research is showing that routine sleep schedules can actually be beneficial to the outcomes of bipolar disorder. A new study which appears in this month's issue of the journal, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ANCP), examined two groups of adult bipolar patients receiving different treatment therapies and found that the group of patients who participated in interpersonal and rhythm therapies--these therapies involved the patients monitoring their daily routines--had longer periods without mania Read more...
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November 27, 2007

New Study on Children With Bipolar Disorder & Their Response to Facial Expressions

As we've covered in the past, children with bipolar disorder often misread facial expressions. Now new research further supports this finding: Children with bipolar disorder respond differently to facial expressions than children without psychiatric disorders, according to a new study led by a Bradley Hospital researcher. These findings provide additional insight into the neurobiology of pediatric bipolar disorder. "Although we know a great deal clinically about bipolar disorder in kids, our understanding of its neurobiology is quite limited, making it difficult to design targeted treatments," said lead author Daniel P. Dickstein, M.D., director of the pediatric mood, imaging and neurodevelopment Read more...
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July 30, 2007

A Move To A More Holistic Approach In Bipolar Disorder

Pharmiweb.com, a UK based news and resource site relating to pharmacology issues, included a piece on the changing outlook of bipolar disorder in the psychiatric community. In this article they discuss how more professionals and patients are realizing that a holistic approach - an approach that deals with more than just the primary symptoms of the disorder and treats the "whole" person - is of greater benefit and may "revolutionize patients' prospects". The article includes references for the information listed. The article points out that a holistic approach makes sense because bipolar disorder affects so many areas of one's life. Read more...
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February 13, 2007

Bipolar disorder doesn't just "go away"

On the "Live, Survive, Thrive" blog - there is an interesting blog entry that we thought conveyed something that would be of interest to everyone: A recent study conducted under clinical criteria highlighted something terrifying for those of us who live with, love someone with, or care for people in our community with bipolar disorder. (extract) Relapse and impairment in bipolar disorder MJ Gitlin, J Swendsen, TL Heller and C Hammen Department of Psychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles 90024- 6968, USA. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the outcome of bipolar disorder in the context of 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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October 24, 2006

Psychiatric Advance Directives - Information Center

With bipolar disorder, and other mental illnesses there are frequently periods during which the person is thinking clearly and capably, and other times when they are not. During the periods when the person who suffers from bipolar disorder is thinking clearly it may be valuable to work out a plan that should be enacted for those times when the person is not as healthy. These plans can be made legal documents in the US using what is called a Psychiatric Advanced Directive. This document might also be valuable for people who are at high risk of bipolar disorder - but Read more...
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October 21, 2006

Bipolar Disorder and Sleep

Excerpt The following is an excerpt from the book Bipolar II by Ronald R. Fieve, M.D. Published by Rodale; October 2006; $22.95US/$29.95CAN; ISBN 1-59486-224-9 Bipolar Disorder and Sleep "How many hours do you sleep on average at night, and what is the quality of your sleep?" are two of the first questions I ask every patient on the initial interview and all subsequent follow-up visits. While the hypomanic usually gloats over how little sleep he needs, getting by on 3 to 4 hours a night, the lack of quality sleep can wreak havoc on his mood and decision-making abilities. Sleep Read more...
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August 28, 2006

New National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 1-800-273-TALK You will be directed to a local crisis center for counseling or emergency services. According to NAMI Stigma Busters, the suicide hotline 1-800-SUICIDE may be shut down on August 31, 2006. Please disseminate this information. Read more...
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May 30, 2006

Fear Circuit Flares as Bipolar Youth Misread Faces

Young adults with bipolar disorder misread facial expressions as hostile and show heightened neural reactions when they focus on emotional aspects of neutral faces, researchers at the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) have discovered. The study provides some of the first clues to the underlying workings of the episodes of mania and depression that disrupt friendships, school, and family life in up to one percent of children. Brain scans showed that the left amygdala, a fear hub, and related structures, activated more in youth with the disorder than in healthy youth when asked to Read more...
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November 22, 2005

Global Survey on Bipolar - Emphasizes Treatment

Global Survey Released on the World Mental Health Day 2005 Emphasizes Treatment Needs in Bipolar Disorder Most people with bipolar disorder believe that successful treatment would significantly improve their quality of life and that treatment satisfaction is achieved by efficacy and tolerability, according to final results from the large scale Thinking Ahead survey(1). The survey conducted in eight countries revealed that bipolar disorder had a major negative impact on sufferers' lives and that of their family and friends. The final survey data were announced today to commemorate the 13th World Mental Health Day (WMHD) and to raise public awareness of Read more...
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October 24, 2005

Suicide Among Youth - Treatment Responses

Suicide among youth - Which mental disorders are responsible? Diagnosis and treatment should address all disorders and not just focus on depression Mental health professionals need to be watchful of mental health problems beyond depression in order to prevent youth suicide, according to new research from the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO researchers examine which mental disorders or combinations of disorders may be most responsible for youth suicide in a new study being released in the October issue of the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, published by the American Psychological Association (APA). Researchers from the WHO in Geneva, Switzerland and from Read more...
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October 20, 2005

Bipolar Disorder Information and Treatment Presentations

As we covered back in August this past summer, there was an excellent public education seminar held at Stanford University (California) that we reported on. Today we are making available on the Internet the presentations on bipolar disorder that were made that day. There were two presentations. Click on the links to get directly to the presentation: Differential Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia - This presentation talks about how in the older traditional mode of thinking psychiatrists used to describe these brain disorders as fixed categories. The thinking now is that the "boarders" to these disease classifications are now Read more...
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Bipolar Disorder Consumers Feeling Budget Cuts

Budget cuts and program cuts for mentally ill leaving some out in the cold Rocky mountain news, in Denver, Colorado reports that in that state the people with brain disorders are seeing serious cuts to their programs. As is usually the case - this is extremly short sighted - the people they prematurely take out of support programs may end up costing the State much more in jailing costs or other areas. "Last summer a therapist at Boulder Community Mental Health Center gave Octavia Tryon a surprising message. "They told me I was one of the people in better shape Read more...
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August 24, 2005

New Kids Book on Bipolar Disorder

A new childrens book has come out that gives kids a better understanding of bipolar disorder and how to deal with the knowledge of this disorder. The authors of the book are three women named Dr. Lisa Lewandowski, 35, Shannon M.B. Trost, 35, and Kimberly Shaw-Peterson, 31. They are in the process of trying to make sure that professionals, teachers, and parents have knowledge of its existence so that children can have access to it. The book is called "Darcy Daisy and the Firefly Festival" and was published in June of 2005. The setting of the book is in a 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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July 14, 2005

New Device Helps Manage Bipolar Disorder

'Health Buddy' helps home patients manage their care A new electronic device named "Healthy Buddy" is helping patients at the South Mississippi Home Care and Hospice. The device which can be plugged into a telephone line and electrical outlet costs nothing to use and is quite convenient in that it can be used "any time of the day." Further, the device provides 16 "different programs individualized to the patient's need." The device currently helps monitor conditions such as "heart failure, hypertension, diabetes, asthma, artery disease, bipolar disorder, cystic fibrosis and others."Not only does the device help patients feel more secure Read more...
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June 28, 2005

Bipolar Disorder and Eating Disorders

Dr. Carla Ramacciotti of the University of Pisa in Italy recently submitted writings to the journal of Psychiatry Research explaining that there is definitely a relationship between mood disorders and eating disorders. This relationship, however, remains nebulous. Though eating disorders are relatively common among the bipolar community, it is often difficult to discern whether it is a product of mood alterations or a function of prescribed medications for the disorder. See the full story: Bipolar disorder leads to eating disorder Read more...
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June 21, 2005

Bipolar I and II cope differently w/ Mania

A study has come out that directs its attention at the different coping styles of those who have bipolar I disorder versus those who have bipolar II disorder. What was specifically looked at was how they cope with the prodromal symptoms that they have prior to a manic episode. Prodromal symptoms are experienced prior to an attack, and signal the onset of it, much like a warning sign. Psychiatrists would find this information useful when figuring out how to treat and give therapy to those with bipolar disorder. The Coping Inventory for Prodromes of Mania (CIPM) was used to understand Read more...
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May 27, 2005

Bipolar Disorder Harder for Children than Adults

A report from the American Psychological Association: Bipolar disorder is a more severe illness for children than adults during the first few years after diagnosis, a landmark study suggested Monday. The first research tracking a large group of bipolar children and teenagers over time finds that 2 1/2 years after diagnosis: *Nearly one-third of them still have not recovered. *It takes the rest about 17 months to recover. *Four out of five have at least one recurrence. During the study, children experienced serious symptoms about two-thirds of the time, says study leader Boris Birmaher of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Read more...
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December 20, 2004

Guide for BP Students

The Canadian Mental Health Association, a Toronto-based group has just released a comprehensive guide aimed at making student life less harrowing for people with a mental illness. It is available at: http://www.cmha.ca/youreducation/ It offers practical advice on a wide variety of topics, including selecting programs, managing the workload, getting through the courses and deciding whether to pursue graduate studies. The guide is posted on the association's website (www.cmha.ca) and will be available at colleges and universities across the country. "It's a very empowering and necessary document because many individuals with psychiatric disabilities experience mental-health issues," one York University student who Read more...
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