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November 23, 2009

FDA Approves Geodon for Bipolar Disorder

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the atypical antipsychotic Geodon (ziprasidone) for maintenance treatment of bipolar I disorder as an adjunct to lithium or Depakote (valporate) in adults. In 2004, the FDA approved Geodon for treatment of acute manic or mixed episodes in Bipolar 1 Disorder. The additional approval for maintenance treatment, announced by Pfizer on Nov. 20, gives doctors and patients another long-term use drug to help stabilize moods. Geodon was initially FDA approved, in 2001, to treat schizophrenia. Unlike other atypical antipsychotics, it appears that Geodon may not to be associated with weight gain. In Read more...
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October 28, 2009

Children taking meds for bipolar disorder can effect rapid weight gain

Children taking psychiatric medications for bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses can experience rapid weight gain according to a new study published in the Oct. 28 The Journal of the American Medicine Association. The findings also link some of these drugs to metabolic changes such as elevated levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. The Study monitored 272 children from the Queens, NY area, ages 4-19 (with an average age of 14), over a six year period (2001-2007); these children were receiving atypical antipsychotics such as Abilify, Risperdal, Seroquel, and Zyprexa for the first time. These medicines are considered 2nd generation drugs Read more...
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October 26, 2009

College Survey: Bipolar Disorder and Depression on the rise

We recently posted a blog (Oct 19) about the increase in bipolar disorder and depression on college campuses. We cited an NPR Story on "Morning Edition" which highlighted actions that Stanford students are taking to educate other students about Mental Illness. We also cited a multi-decade study which surveyed college counseling professionals across the U.S. We've tracked down the survey, a compressive study which offers a look at the intensity and incidence of Mental Illness on colleges dating back to the early 1980s as well as a snapshot of the current state of counseling services on US colleges. The survey 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 21, 2009

Children of Bipolar Parents

Apropos of our recent post on September 17, we came across a University of Pittsburgh Study released earlier this year which offers additional information about children of bipolar parents. Children and teens of parents with bipolar disorder have an increased risk of early-onset bipolar disorder, mood disorders and anxiety disorders, according to a study by University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers published in the March issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. An estimated one in 100 children and teens worldwide has bipolar disorder. Identifying the condition early may improve long-term outcomes, potentially preventing high Read more...
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September 15, 2009

Yale study increases understanding of bipolar disorder

Damage to the brain caused by chronic stress or lead poisoning can be repaired by blocking a key molecular pathway, Yale University researchers report in the September 7-11 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Rats subjected to chronic stress develop damage to the prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain crucial to working memory, impulse control and the ability to stay focused on tasks. Long-term stress triggers excessive activity of a family of enzymes called protein kinase C, which in turn damages the cytoskeleton of neurons and hinders their ability transmit information. This loss of the Read more...
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July 27, 2009

Congressional Update: House passes legislation with increased funding for Mental Illness research and services

On July 24, the House of Representatives approved legislation (HR 3293) that includes increased funding for mental illness research and services for FY 2010 HR 3293 is an Appropriations Bill which sets spending levels for the Labor-HHS- and Education Departments for FY2010 (which begins on Oct 1, 2009). The Senate takes up similar legislation next week. HR 3292 Hightlights include: 993 million increase for the Limitation on Administrative Expenses (LAE) budget which pays for administrative costs associated with implementing entitlement programs such as SSI and SSDI - This will help the Social Security Administration cope with an unprecedented backlog in Read more...
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September 3, 2008

Children of Older Fathers at Higher Risk for Bipolar Disorder

Research over the past decade has clearly shown that children of older fathers have a higher risk for schizophrenia because their sperm is more likely to have damaged DNA in them due to the ravages of time. Now new research has identified the same risk for bipolar disorder - a disorder that is believed to be genetically and environmentally close to schizophrenia. A new study by researchers at the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institute suggested that older age among fathers is associated with an increased risk for bipolar disorder in their offspring,. Bipolar disorder is a common, severe mood disorder Read more...
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December 5, 2007

A New Study on the Effects of Pregnancy on Bipolar Disorder

A new study published in this month's issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry, examined three groups of pregnant women suffering from bipolar disorder. The goal of the study was to examine the course of bipolar disorder during pregnancy. Past studies have demonstrated that mothers suffering from bipolar disorder are at an increased risk for relapse during the postpartum period, i.e., the period of time immediately following childbirth. This risk has been shown to be higher for women (suffering from bipolar disorder) who aren't on mood stabilizers while pregnant, as compared to women who are on mood stabilizers while pregnant. Read more...
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November 15, 2007

An Increased Risk for Suicide: Bipolar Disorder and a Family History of Suicide

A new study out of the UK shows that people who suffer from bipolar disorder and who also have a family history of suicide, may be at a higher risk for committing suicide themselves. Specifically, bipolar patients with a family history of suicide are three times more likely to attempt suicide than is the rest of the population. Yet this increased risk of suicide isn't concentrated around just bipolar patients. As Dr. Eduard Vieta, one of the study's authors states, a family history of suicide also increases the risk of suicide for people who suffer from other mental illnesses. He's Read more...
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November 12, 2007

Discussion: Research Findings on the Psychological Causes and Treatments of Bipolar Disorder

We've covered past research that demonstrates how high levels of certain kinds of expressed emotion have negative effects on the mental health of children. Recently, researchers at the University of Colorado discussed current research supporting this past research on bipolar disorder. A new story highlights their findings: Bipolar disorder is "a highly recurrent and debilitating illness." Research has demonstrated that certain types of expressed-emotion affect the development of bipolar disorder. Basically, certain negative attitudes in the home or from peers (such as critical ones, i.e., criticism) can increase not only the risk of developing bipolar disorder, but also the risk Read more...
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November 7, 2007

Bipolar Disorder and Attitudes Toward Having Children

A new study out of Australia which will appear in the journal Psychological Medicine has found that over a third of relatives of people with bipolar disorder are afraid to have children. The reason for their fear seems mainly to be stigma associated with the disorder. Despite a lower risk as compared to other genetic disorders, bipolar disorder aroused a more negative attitude from the 200 people who participated in the study, which was conducted at University of New South Wales. Even more surprising is that over half of the participants suffer from bipolar disorder themselves. Researchers state that studies 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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February 1, 2007

Bipolar Disorder Geodon Weight Loss Study at Stanford University

Geodon in Weight Loss Study for Bipolar Disorders Stanford University (Palo Alto, California) has just started enrollment for a new research study at the Stanford University Bipolar Disorders Clinic. Here is some information on this study: Stanford University is examining the use of ziprasidone (Geodon) in the treatment of patients currently experiencing possible weight gain due to use of a mood stabilizer and/or an antipsychotic in Bipolar Disorder. In this study, after an initial evaluation phase, patients will be instructed to replace Geodon for their current stable medication regimen for a period of 12 weeks while being monitored by a Read more...
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January 5, 2007

Plan for New Research on Genetics and Bipolar Disorder

The Zucker Hillside Hospital campus of The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and a team of researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) plan to collaborate on research to identify key genes in the onset of Bipolar Disorder. The studies will last 2 to 3 years, and will focus on early onset Bipolar Disorder by focusing on children diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and their parents. The research group will be headed by James Watson, PhD, a noble prize winner who co-discovered the DNA molecule. Read more...
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October 12, 2006

New Drug Being Tested For Treating Mania in Bipolar Patients

Memory Pharmaceuticals and The Stanley Medical Research Institute (SMRI) began phase 2a of testing their new drug MEM 1003. The drug is a calcium channel blocker and will be used to treat acute mania in those suffering from bipolar disorder. Read more...
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September 5, 2006

New Treatment Model for Bipolar Disorder Shows Promise

A new care model for bipolar disorder tested in veterans across the nation reduced their manic episodes and improved their quality of life, according to a new research study. Who did the study? A new 3 year study, lead by Providence Veterans Affairs Medical center and Brown Medical School, on a new and cost effective treatment model for bipolar disorder was tested on over 300 veterans. The results of the study mirror a previous study published in the May 2006 issue of the Archives of General Psychology. What was the study trying to do? The new study provides an increase Read more...
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Accelerating the Hunt for Bipolar Disorder Genes

The University of Michigan and John Hopkins University are working together to expand the Prechter Bipolar Genetic Repository in hopes of significantly advancing genetic research on bipolar disorder. The two universities will combine research efforts on bipolar genetics - and combine their stockpiles of biological samples from bipolar patients and their families. They will then make the entire collection of samples available as a shared resource to researchers anywhere who are searching for clues to bipolar's inherited traits. A total of 1,500 blood and cell samples from 140 families affected by bipolar disorder will be sent to Michigan from John Read more...
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July 18, 2006

Risk and Resilience Markers in Bipolar Disorder: Brain Responses to Emotional Challenge in Bipolar Patients and Their Healthy Siblings

By: Stephanie Kruger, M.D., Martin Alda, M.D., F.R.C.P.C., L. Trevor Young, M.D., Ph.D., F.R.C.P.C., Kim Goldapple, B.S., Saghar Parikh, M.D., F.R.C.P.C., and Helen S. Mayberg, M.D. Published: American Journal of Psychiatry, 163:257-564, February 2006. Purpose of the Study Studies indicate that there is a high level of genetic influence in the development of bipolar disorder, but that it is not the only factor; many people who are genetically predisposed never become bipolar. Yet some scientists believe that although the full blown disorder is never developed, these individuals "manifest traits associated with the illness, namely pathological reactivity to emotional stress." This Read more...
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July 6, 2006

Study Says Obesity, Mood Disorders Linked

A new study reports that Dr. Gregory E. Simon and his colleagues, from the Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, surveyed 9,125 adults across the US from 2001 to 2003 in a national study on mental disorders. They found there is a 25% increased risk in developing mood and anxiety disorders, and a 25% decreased risk for substance abuse in those suffering from obesity. They were questioned about demographics, physical attruibutes like height and weight, as well as psychological/psychiatric disoders (which included substance abuse). 2,330 of the participants matched the criteria for obesity (a Body Mass Index >30), and showed an Read more...
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July 3, 2006

Memory impairment in bipolar disorder

Sources of declarative memory impairment in bipolar disorder: Mnemonic processes and clinical features What are declarative memories? Declarative memories are our conscious memories, also called explicit memories. They can be episodic, a memory of a specific event, or semantic, a memory of facts and information. But they all require three distinct abilities, encoding, storing, and retrieving. Encoding is the ability to form a neurological pathway out of the information/event perceived. Storing is simply maintaining that neurological pathway for future retrieval, which is the ability to recover and utilize that information, the memory. The brain regions associated with these three abilities Read more...
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June 29, 2006

Yale Findings Hold Promise for Stopping Progression of Bipolar Disorder

Researchers at Yale University found that the changes seen in the ventral prefrontal cortex (part of the brain located above the eyes and regulates emotion) of bipolar patients werent present till young adulthood. These changes were also less predominant in bipolar patients who were taking mood-stabilizing medications. Read more...
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Bipolar Suffers Monitor Moods Online

An Australian study is attempting to use the internet as a tool for people with bipolar disorder to monitor mood swings and hopefully control the disease. This 12 month study will include 300 participants with bipolar disorder utilizing a specialized internet program to monitor their moods and receive advice on their individualized scores. "We think constant support and advice online will help balance things out and make people feel like they're becoming an expert in their own illness," said Dr. Barnes of Sydneys Black Dog Institute. "Potentially, this type of online help can supplement traditional health care which is already Read more...
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November 8, 2005

Children of Bipolars more Creative

Children of bipolar parents score higher on creativity test Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have shown for the first time that a sample of children who either have or are at high risk for bipolar disorder score higher on a creativity index than healthy children. The findings add to existing evidence that a link exists between mood disorders and creativity. The small study, published in the November issue of the Journal of Psychiatric Research, compared creativity test scores of children of healthy parents with the scores of children of bipolar parents. Children with the bipolar parents - Read more...
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September 4, 2005

Bipolar Disorders and African Americans

University of Cincinnati (UC) researchers want to determine why African Americans seeking help for mood disorders, such as depression or bipolar disorder, are often misdiagnosed with schizophrenia - putting them at risk of receiving incorrect treatment. UC will lead a 4-year, multicenter, national study to determine why these misdiagnoses occur, whether they lead to excessive use of antipsychotic drugs among African Americans and whether misdiagnoses are happening in the Latino population as well. "Research has already shown that African American patients are being improperly diagnosed," said Stephen Strakowski, MD, professor in UC's department of psychiatry and lead investigator for the Read more...
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September 1, 2005

Brain Abnormalities in Pediatric Bipolar Disorder

In a study called "Cingulate Cortex Anatomical Abnormalities in Children and Adolescents With Bipolar Disorder," researchers looked at the anatomical abnormalities in the brains of children and adolescents with bipolar disorder. The study used magnetic resonance imaging to the cingulate cortex in those with pediatric bipolar disorder in comparison to mentally healthy individuals. 16 people with with pediatric bipolar disorder at an average age of 15.5 years were examined in comparison to 21 people were were mentally healthy and at an average age of 16.9 years. Three dimensional echo imaging was used and cingulate volumes were assessed. Those with pediatric Read more...
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August 27, 2005

Postpartum Depression in Bipolar Disorder

Postpartum depression is a disorder that 1 in 10 mothers will have to deal with during or after pregnancy. Having a prior history of depression increases this risk, whether it be unipolar depression, or bipolar depression. Those with bipolar disorder appear to be at an even higher risk of developing postpartum depression than those with unipolar depression. One study examined 2,340 women who went to Massachusetts General Hospital between the years of 1996 and 1999. Of these women, 1,814 of them filled out a mood disorder questionnaire while in their second trimester. Using these results women were able to be Read more...
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August 23, 2005

Mixed States Increases Girl Suicide Risk

Having mixed states apparently increases the suicide risk in girls, but does not do so for boys. It has been suggested in the past that using antidepressants can increase the suicide risk in those with bipolar disorder, but this study shows that there may be more to the issue. Perhaps it is mixed states and their often unrecognized nature combined with antidepressants that increases the suicide risk. The potential correlation between suicidality and mixed states was studied by researchers. The participants in the study were 247 individuals at the average age of 14.7 years old, all of which had been Read more...
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July 29, 2005

Wake and Light Therapy for BP Depression

A new review article from a special committee from the International Society for Affective Disorders (ISAD) discusses the evidence for chronotherapeutics (light and wake therapy) in treating both unipolar and bipolar depression. The suggestions of this review article concerning the efficacy of chronotherapeutics could lead to new, larger research trials of these therapies for bipolar patients. According to the article, about 60% of depressive patients (either bipolar or unipolar subtype) improve rapidly with sleep deprivation therapy. This can involve a single night of total sleep deprivation, or a partial (second half of the night) deprivation period. Similar numbers of positive Read more...
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July 4, 2005

Creativity and Bipolar Disorder Correlated

The link between creativity and psychopathology has long been debated. It seems as if there is some sort of correlation between the two but there has been little scientific evidence to support such a claim. This research article brings up some interesting facts as well as a hypothesis as to why there is a link between mental illness and creativity. Psychological illness has been found historically more often in "eminent creators" than in the general mass of people. This paper estimates that mental disorders are twice as common in those that are highly creative. It is hypothesized that the "rate Read more...
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July 3, 2005

Mixed Mania Results in Poor Diagnosis

Having mixed manic symptoms can often result in a poor diagnosis. Mixed mania is when one has a full manic episode concurrently with a full depressive episode for at least one week. Specifically, "the simultaneous occurrence of both manic and depressive features bears nosologic, therapeutic, and prognostic implications for the treatment and management of recurrent mood disorders". "The distinction between mixed states and agitated depression has long been a source of controversy in the literature. It has been suggested that the psychomotor activation of mixed mania typically involves behaviors that are goal-directed,[8] while agitated depressions more often involve hyperarousal, inner Read more...
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June 24, 2005

Brain Monitoring Technology

A research alliance has been developed to fund the production of a new brain-monitoring technology that would be able to help in the diagnosis and treatment of depression, Alzheimers, and other neurological disorders. Boston Scientific Corporation (BSX) will be giving Aspect Medical Systems (ASPM) $25 million to fund its development. This technology could aid psychiatrists clinicians in finding the drugs most suitable for each patient suffering from depression. The significance of this research alliance is reinforced by findings being presented at this week's meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) indicating that Aspect's technology may be able to help clinicians Read more...
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June 22, 2005

Weight Management Has Link to Bipolar Disorder

People who go to weight management clinics have a higher chance of having bipolar disorder than the general population does. "'We need to start thinking of obesity as a psychiatric disorder,' said principal investigator Renu Kotwal, MD, in an interview. 'When patients who live with obesity come in for counseling for it, we have to find out what is driving the obesity. We have to screen for eating disorder pathology, mood issues, and medications that could cause the problems.' Dr. Kotwal is an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio" (Moyer, 2005). Many people Read more...
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June 15, 2005

Wiring Could Predict Depression/Mania

Wiring patients could potentially predict everything from anxiety levels to bipolar episodes. "In a groundbreaking experiment at Massachusetts General Hospital, a handful of patients battling depression have agreed in recent weeks to be wired up for 24-hour-a-day, mobile monitoring of their palm sweat, heart rate, voice dynamics, movements, and location. The study aims to show that such measures can reliably reflect a patient's state of mind as treatment progresses, researchers say" (Goldberg, 2005). This could greatly help in-patients at psychiatric hospitals that are undergoing treatment. They are currently trying to develop a way for this technology to be easy to Read more...
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May 21, 2005

Cannabis in bipolar

Cannabinoids in Bipolar disorder The role of cannabis (marijuana) in psychiatric disorders remains controversial. In bipolar disorder, it is known that many people use cannabis for various reasons. There are some reports that people use cannabis for help in alleviating mania and others report its use for relieving depression. However, these reports are anecdotal and no systematic research has ever been done to see if these effects apply to the population in general. Additionally, there are reports that indicate that cannabis can have a detrimental and potentially causative role in the development of psychosis and paradoxically, can induce mania. The Read more...
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May 9, 2005

Bipolar Disorder & Care-giver Coping

Caregiver strategies in bipolar disorder This is a paper that is looking at what it is like for a caregiver of someone with a chronic mental illness. They cite many references of other diseases, but in this paper they focus more on bipolar affective disorder. Specifically, the authors wanted to compare and contrast the coping styles of people who took care of people with bipolar vs. people with schizophrenia. They also looked at demographic characteristics to see what factors impacted the styles of care given by the person responsible. The authors looked at 50 patients with schizophrenia and 50 with Read more...
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May 3, 2005

Community Intervention for BP?

Population-based care for Bipolar Disorder This is an article that is a preliminary report from a large trial that is looking to see if a community based intervention has a positive impact on the lives of people with bipolar disorder. Specifically, the authors of the study have set up a program in which people are randomly assigned either to the group that receives special attention from a psychiatric nurse/case manager or a group that receives the regular treatment and follow-up from the clinic. Both groups are allowed to be on whatever medication regimen is needed and receive a full treatment Read more...
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February 23, 2005

Bipolar Disorder and Urban Poor

Bipolar Disorder is much more common with Urban Poor, Study Suggests A study was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, (conducted by Amar K Das, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues), in which they estimate the lifetime prevalence of bipolar disorder for patients in an urban general medicine clinic and compare the demographic, clinical, and treatment characteristics of patients who screen positive for a history of bipolar disorder with those who do not. The study included 1,157 patients between 18 and 70 years of age who were seeking primary care at an urban general medicine clinic serving a Read more...
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February 22, 2005

The Unscious Mind and Bipolar

A story on the unconsious mind in US News and World report this week touches upon bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, stating that research has: "revealed fascinating activity out of conscious awareness that may eventually provide clues to more effective treatments." The story goes further to suggest that in barely conscious patients that have been studied, language centers of the brain show high amounts of activity when they hear personal stories recounted by a family member. Similarly, research on schizophrenia reveals that most who are afflicted have an impaired ability to smell, which researchers think may provide some clue to understanding Read more...
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February 7, 2005

Blood Test for Bipolar Disorder

The science magazine "New Scientist" reported on February 5, 2005 on a new blood test being developed for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, as reported in a genetics journal (American Journal of Medical Genetics B , vol 133, p 1) The early results suggest a 95% to 97% accuracy level - which could help a great deal in early diagnosis and even potential prevention. Of course - this is just one early test, on a small number of people - so it remains to be seen if it proves to be effective when the study is validated by an independent group Read more...
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February 3, 2005

Homeless Report

More Homeless Mentally Ill Than Expected According To UCSD Study: Interventions Urged The prevalence of homelessness in persons with serious mental illness is 15 percent, a higher percentage than suggested in previous studies, according to new research by investigators at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. Published in the February 2005 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry, the study noted that homelessness in this population might potentially be reduced or prevented with substance abuse treatment and help in obtaining public-funded health benefits (Medicaid, or MediCal in California). Because homeless mentally ill were more than twice Read more...
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November 17, 2004

Substance abuse and Bipolar Disorder

A new study published in the November issue of the "Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry" suggests that the risk of substance abuse (called by the researchers "substance use disorder") -- ie. use of street drugs -- is significantly higher in adolescents with bipolar disorder. The research report states: "The finding that adolescents with BPD are at higher risk of substance abuse than comparison youths without mood disorders has important clinical implications. The identification of BPD associated with substance abuse is important because BPD is among the most severe forms of psychopathology in youths and if Read more...
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