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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September 25, 2007

New Studies Guide Treatment Recommendations for Bipolar Disorder

Two new studies provide information on best practices for treating people with bipolar disorder. The two studies are part of the NIMH-funded Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder (STEP-BD). Both were published in the September 2007 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry. Antidepressants provide no added benefit for people with mixed symptoms, and may worsen existing mania Among STEP-BD participants who experienced manic symptoms while also in the midst of a depressive episode, those who received antidepressant medication along with a mood stabilizer recovered no faster than those who received a mood stabilizer plus placebo (sugar pill). The Read more...
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August 23, 2007

Bipolar Disorder Relapse Rate Decreased 50% With New Program

Australian mental health researchers have succeeded in halving the number of relapses experienced by people with bipolar disorder. With funding from the MBF Foundation and Beyond Blue, a team led by the Mental Health Research Institute of Victoria has developed an innovative structured group program to help people with bipolar disorder to better manage their condition. The 12-session program, led by trained mental health clinicians, enables people battling the disorder to effectively monitor their mood, assess personal triggers and early warning signs of oncoming illness and take the necessary steps to stay well. In a controlled randomized study of 84 Read more...
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August 6, 2007

Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents With Bipolar Disorder

Here is a summary of an initial study on the benefits of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) used in the treatment of adolescents with Bipolar Disorder. This is a newer therapy with less than 20 years exposure to the mental health community that has been proven effective for other disorders. The results of the study, although preliminary, show that DBT may be an effective psychotherapy for bipolar disorder. We have also included numerous resources for further reading on DBT. Who did the study? Tina Goldstein PhD and colleagues from the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of the University of Pittsburgh Medical 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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July 17, 2007

Family-Focused Therapy For Bipolar Disorder

Many family therapy pioneers began their work with patient's suffering from psychotic disorders and severe mental illness. Murray Bowen, possibly one of the most well known frontiers of family therapy began his work with schizophrenic patients. During his time, he actually began hospitalizing entire families so that the "system" could be treated. This was highly innovative therapy, yet much too extreme. Those drastic measures of the Bowen days have paved the way for a newer approach to family therapy with severe mental illness, which some refer to as family-focused therapy. The Wall Street Journal included an interesting piece on how Read more...
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April 14, 2007

Study Shows Intensive Psychotherapy Helps In Bipolar Disorder

In this second write-up we've done on the results from the largest federally funded bipolar study ever conducted the University of Colorado reports that patients who receive psychotherapy in addition to medication get better faster from bipolar disorder's debilitating depression and stay better longer. Part of a $26.8 million effort, the study found that adding intensive psychotherapy to a bipolar patient's medication treatment made them one and a half times more likely to be clinically well during any month of the study year, compared with a group that didn't receive intensive therapy, according to CU-Boulder psychology Professor David Miklowitz, the Read more...
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April 6, 2007

Intensive Psychotherapy More Effective For Treating Bipolar Depression

Patients taking medications to treat bipolar disorder are more likely to get well faster and stay well if they receive intensive psychotherapy, according to results from the Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder (STEP-BD), funded by the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The results are published in the April 2007 issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry. Bipolar disorder is a debilitating illness marked by severe mood swings between depression and mania that affects 2.6 percent of Americans in any given year. "We know that medication is an important component in the treatment Read more...
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September 6, 2005

Interpersonal & Social Rhythm Therapy Effective

University of Pittsburgh Study Results Published in Archives of General Psychiatry PITTSBURGH, Sept. 1 - A treatment program that stresses maintaining a regular schedule of daily activities and stability in personal relationships is an effective therapy for bipolar disorder, report University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers in September's Archives of General Psychiatry. Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT), a novel approach developed by the University of Pittsburgh researchers, was effective in preventing relapse over a two-year period, particularly in patients who don't have other chronic medical problems such as diabetes or heart disease. IPSRT is based on the idea Read more...
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August 18, 2005

Family Support Helps Bipolar Teens

University of Colorado at Boulder Study Suggests Strong Family Support Helpful in Treating Teen Bipolar Disorder Bipolar adolescents, saddled with mood swings far more severe than the raging hormones and mood changes common to healthy teens, may have a strong ally in their fight to control the disease. Preliminary results from studies conducted at the University of Colorado at Boulder show that teen-agers who were treated with a combination of mood-stabilizing medication and family-focused therapy showed improvements in depression and mania symptoms. Behavioral problems also improved during the combined treatment, according to CU-Boulder psychology Professor David Miklowitz, who led the Read more...
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