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Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe. They are different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to time. Bipolar disorder symptoms can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide. But bipolar disorder can be treated, and people with this illness can lead full and productive lives.
Lithium therapy duration not linked to thyroid effects

Lithium therapy duration not linked to thyroid effects

The risk of altered thyroid function does not increase with duration of lithium treatment in patients with bipolar disorder, research suggests. [More]
Researchers uncover easily detectable, 'pre-malignant' state in the blood

Researchers uncover easily detectable, 'pre-malignant' state in the blood

Researchers from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard-affiliated hospitals have uncovered an easily detectable, "pre-malignant" state in the blood that significantly increases the likelihood that an individual will go on to develop blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, or myelodysplastic syndrome. [More]
Study shows how mentally ill women in India go through a vicious cycle

Study shows how mentally ill women in India go through a vicious cycle

An award-winning study by a Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine researcher has documented how homeless, mentally ill women in India face a vicious cycle [More]
Aequus Pharmaceuticals closes $4.2M private placement offering of special warrants

Aequus Pharmaceuticals closes $4.2M private placement offering of special warrants

Aequus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (the "Company" or "Aequus") is pleased to announce that it has closed a brokered private placement offering (the "Brokered Offering") of special warrants for approximately C$3.7 million. [More]
Childhood affective features may guide adult psychiatric diagnosis

Childhood affective features may guide adult psychiatric diagnosis

Clinical features that can appear many years ahead of a psychiatric diagnosis may help doctors to predict whether patients will develop bipolar disorder or unipolar depression, say researchers. [More]

People treated with lithium drug are at risk of acute kidney damage

People with bipolar disorder who are being treated with the drug lithium are at risk of acute kidney damage and need careful monitoring, according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. [More]
Pathological guilt in preschool years linked to brain changes, increases risk for recurrent depression

Pathological guilt in preschool years linked to brain changes, increases risk for recurrent depression

In school-age children previously diagnosed with depression as preschoolers, a key brain region involved in emotion is smaller than in their peers who were not depressed, scientists have shown. [More]
Bipolar mixed episodes increase significantly under DSM-5

Bipolar mixed episodes increase significantly under DSM-5

Using the most recent diagnostic criteria increases the prevalence of mixed features in patients with bipolar disorder more than threefold, study findings indicate. [More]
Suicidal ideation link to suicide strong in schizophrenia spectrum disorders

Suicidal ideation link to suicide strong in schizophrenia spectrum disorders

The association between suicidal ideation and later suicide is much stronger in patients with schizophrenia spectrum psychosis than in those with mood disorders, show results of a systematic meta-analysis. [More]
Scientists receive NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grants for mental health research

Scientists receive NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grants for mental health research

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation today announced the award of NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Grants valued at $1.5 million to 15 scientists, who are full professors or the equivalent, conducting innovative projects in diverse areas of neurobiological and behavioral research. [More]
Metabolic syndrome screening in bipolar disorder warranted

Metabolic syndrome screening in bipolar disorder warranted

The frequency of the metabolic syndrome in patients with bipolar disorder warrants systematic screening, say researchers, particularly among men, older patients and those receiving atypical antipsychotic treatment. [More]
Experts review advances in understanding, treatment of bipolar disorder

Experts review advances in understanding, treatment of bipolar disorder

Several lines of research have opened exciting new frontiers in scientific understanding and clinical management of bipolar disorder. Recent advances in bipolar disease research are described in this month's special issue of Harvard Review of Psychiatry. [More]
Mice may hold clues in development of ADHD, autism and bipolar disorder

Mice may hold clues in development of ADHD, autism and bipolar disorder

A darting mouse may hold an important clue in the development of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), autism and bipolar disorder, according to a study by a Vanderbilt University-led research team recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [More]
Low subjective social status linked to mental disorder risk

Low subjective social status linked to mental disorder risk

Researchers report an inverse association between people’s subjective social status (SSS) and the likelihood of them having a psychiatric disorder. [More]
Mortality gap persists for elderly men with severe mental disorders

Mortality gap persists for elderly men with severe mental disorders

The excess mortality experienced by men with severe mental disorders, compared with their mentally healthy peers, does not decrease with age, Australian research shows. [More]
Medical illness common in bipolar disorder

Medical illness common in bipolar disorder

Patients with bipolar disorder have high rates of medical illness, which often exceeds the levels observed in patients with unipolar depression, show results of a UK-based study. [More]
Pregnant women with bipolar disorder at greater risk of delivering premature babies

Pregnant women with bipolar disorder at greater risk of delivering premature babies

Women who have been previously hospitalized for bipolar disorder are nearly twice as likely to have premature babies compared to women without a history of mental illness, according to a new study by researchers at Women's College Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. [More]
Transition Therapeutics presents Phase 2 study of ELND005 drug for bipolar disorder

Transition Therapeutics presents Phase 2 study of ELND005 drug for bipolar disorder

Transition Therapeutics Inc. ("Transition" or the "Company") today announced findings from a Phase 2 study of neuropsychiatric drug candidate, ELND005, as an adjunctive maintenance treatment for bipolar disorder type I patients (BPD). [More]
Psychotherapies offer options for treating bipolar disorder

Psychotherapies offer options for treating bipolar disorder

Interpersonal and social rhythm therapy and specialist supportive care appear to be equally effective in reducing the symptoms of bipolar disorder in adolescents and young adults with the condition, study findings indicate. [More]
ISBD Task Force examines suicide predictors

ISBD Task Force examines suicide predictors

The International Society for Bipolar Disorders Task Force on Suicide has published a meta-analysis of predictors of suicide attempts and deaths. [More]