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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.
Overweight adolescents with bipolar disorder show signs of increased illness severity, study finds

Overweight adolescents with bipolar disorder show signs of increased illness severity, study finds

Bipolar disorder is one of the most disabling medical conditions among adolescents worldwide. Similarly, being overweight or obese is common in adolescents and is known to confer risk for cardiovascular disease and other poor health outcomes in adulthood. [More]
Medical cannabis may help treat mental health problems and opioid addiction

Medical cannabis may help treat mental health problems and opioid addiction

Using marijuana could help some alcoholics and people addicted to opioids kick their habits, a UBC study has found. [More]
Researchers identify mechanism of how circadian clocks in neurons encode daily rhythms of excitability

Researchers identify mechanism of how circadian clocks in neurons encode daily rhythms of excitability

Molecular clocks in cells throughout the body control many physiologic changes in a 24-hour day/night circadian rhythm -- among them the timing of sleep and wakefulness. [More]
Arthritis drug increases effectiveness of antidepressants in bipolar patients

Arthritis drug increases effectiveness of antidepressants in bipolar patients

Giving severely depressed patients the arthritis drug celecoxib (Celebrex) dramatically boosted the effectiveness of their antidepressant medication, a Loyola study has found. [More]
Sex differences in gray matter reductions may underlie risk of substance abuse in adolescents with bipolar disorder

Sex differences in gray matter reductions may underlie risk of substance abuse in adolescents with bipolar disorder

A new study has found that adolescents suffering from bipolar disorder are more likely to develop substance use disorders if they have lower gray matter volume in the brain, a clue that can help in the design of better methods for early detection and more targeted prevention and treatment. [More]
Scientists investigate role of mitochondria in Alzheimer's disease pathology

Scientists investigate role of mitochondria in Alzheimer's disease pathology

On Nov. 25, 1901, a 51-year-old woman is admitted to a hospital in Frankfurt, Germany, displaying a bizarre constellation of symptoms. [More]
Living arrangements of children born to parents with serious mental illness differ from general population

Living arrangements of children born to parents with serious mental illness differ from general population

Serious mental illness such as depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia has been shown to affect relationships and parenting capabilities. [More]
Scientists identify commonly affected genes sets among people with three mental disorders

Scientists identify commonly affected genes sets among people with three mental disorders

Studying brain tissue from deceased donors, Johns Hopkins scientists have found common groups of genes disrupted among people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression. [More]
Sleep abnormality may play vital role in schizophrenia, say BIDMC experts

Sleep abnormality may play vital role in schizophrenia, say BIDMC experts

A sleep abnormality likely plays an important role in schizophrenia, according to sleep experts at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. [More]
Study finds strong link between childhood adversity and bipolar disorder diagnosis

Study finds strong link between childhood adversity and bipolar disorder diagnosis

A University of Manchester study which looked at more than thirty years of research into bipolar, found that people with the disorder are 2.63 times more likely to have suffered emotional, physical or sexual abuse as children than the general population. [More]
Study to examine efficacy of orally administered medication in treating stuttering

Study to examine efficacy of orally administered medication in treating stuttering

Stuttering, an interruption in the flow of speech, affects about three million Americans. It begins most often in childhood, affecting four men for every woman. A precise cause of this complex communicative disorder is not known. [More]
Early marijuana use may lead to lower IQ and abnormal brain function

Early marijuana use may lead to lower IQ and abnormal brain function

In a new study, scientists in London, Ontario have discovered that early marijuana use may result in abnormal brain function and lower IQ. [More]
Researchers find common brain abnormalities shared across multiple emotional disorders

Researchers find common brain abnormalities shared across multiple emotional disorders

Researchers have long known that emotional disorders have a lot in common. Many often occur together, like depression and social anxiety disorder. Treatments also tend to work across multiple disorders, suggesting shared underlying elements. [More]
Group psychoeducation could be effective in treating patients in early stages of bipolar disorder

Group psychoeducation could be effective in treating patients in early stages of bipolar disorder

Structured group psychoeducation sessions could be more successful in treating patients in the early stages of bipolar disorder than standard peer-support offered by the NHS and the voluntary sector, research has found. [More]
New study to examine effectiveness of orally administered drug in treating stuttering

New study to examine effectiveness of orally administered drug in treating stuttering

Stuttering, an interruption in the flow of speech, affects about three million Americans. It begins most often in childhood, affecting four men for every woman. A precise cause of this complex communicative disorder is not known. [More]
Tendency to feel lonely linked partially to genetic traits

Tendency to feel lonely linked partially to genetic traits

Loneliness is linked to poor physical and mental health, and is an even more accurate predictor of early death than obesity. [More]
Performance-enhancing drug may improve cognition in patients with bipolar disorder or depression

Performance-enhancing drug may improve cognition in patients with bipolar disorder or depression

A study has found that EPO (erythropoietin) - best known as a performance-enhancing drug in sport - may improve cognitive functioning in patients suffering from bipolar disorder or depression. [More]
Mood stabilizers may decrease negative symptoms in psychiatric patients with specific genotype

Mood stabilizers may decrease negative symptoms in psychiatric patients with specific genotype

A drug prescribed to many patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder may decrease negative symptoms for people with a certain variant of the COMT gene, suggests a new study from researchers at Columbia University Medical Center. [More]
Pregnant women with bipolar disorder at higher risk for developing postpartum psychosis

Pregnant women with bipolar disorder at higher risk for developing postpartum psychosis

Pregnant women with bipolar disorder and their families and physicians should be aware of a significantly higher risk for developing postpartum psychosis, according to a new Northwestern Medicine review of literature on the rare and under-researched disorder. [More]
Scientists discover brain circuit crucial to sleep-wake cycle

Scientists discover brain circuit crucial to sleep-wake cycle

Stanford University School of Medicine scientists have identified a brain circuit that's indispensable to the sleep-wake cycle. [More]
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