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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.
Study examines costs linked with specific inpatient mental health diagnoses for children

Study examines costs linked with specific inpatient mental health diagnoses for children

Nearly one in 10 hospitalized children have a primary diagnosis of a mental health condition, and depression alone accounts for $1.33 billion in hospital charges annually, according to a new analysis led by UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. [More]

Residual depression has lasting impact on bipolar patients

A prospective study confirms the detrimental effect of subthreshold depressive symptoms on the outcomes of patients with bipolar disorder. [More]

Distinct motor activity patterns for bipolar depression and mania

Acutely ill patients with bipolar disorder show distinct differences in motor activity regulation during episodes of mania and depression, research indicates. [More]

Compensatory brain mechanisms at play in siblings of bipolar patients

Patients with bipolar disorder and their unaffected siblings have deficits in a part of the brain responsible for automatic regulation of emotions, report researchers. [More]
Researchers discover two new gene regions connected to bipolar disorder

Researchers discover two new gene regions connected to bipolar disorder

First on top of the world and then in the depths of despair - this is what the extreme mood changes for people with bipolar disorder are like. Under the direction of scientists from Bonn, Mannheim and Basel, an international collaboration of researchers discovered two new gene regions that are connected to the prevalent disease. In addition, they were able to confirm three additional suspect genes. [More]

Innovative study uses pharmacogenomic test to treat patients with psychotic disorders

ValueOptions, Inc. a health improvement company specializing in mental and emotional well-being and recovery, and Genomind, a personalized medicine company, today announced an innovative study that uses pharmacogenomic testing to treat patients diagnosed with psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. [More]

Parents with bipolar disorder feel control by monitoring kids' moods

The majority of parents with bipolar disorder monitor their children's moods, which helps them feel in control of their child's wellbeing, show US study results. [More]
Inflammation and stress combine in bipolar and schizophrenia subtypes

Inflammation and stress combine in bipolar and schizophrenia subtypes

Researchers have found that some individuals with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia have combined stress response and immune dysfunctions. [More]

Diagnostic errors common among patients with bipolar disorder

Russian study data bolster the existing body of evidence showing that bipolar disorder is often misdiagnosed as depression. [More]
3.5 million estimated Medicaid signups under health law

3.5 million estimated Medicaid signups under health law

Avalere Health projects that of the 8.9 million people "determined eligible" for Medicaid starting last Oct. 1, the number of new enrollees under the health law is likely much smaller -- between 2.4 million and 3.5 million. Other reports look at how health insurance could result in nearly half a million more Americans getting tested for HIV by 2017 -- but how 60,000 people with the virus will be left uninsured in states not expanding Medicaid. [More]

More support for interhemispheric disconnectivity in bipolar disorder

A UK study supports a role for interhemispheric disconnectivity in bipolar disorder, showing reduced corpus callosum area and thickness in patients with the condition. [More]
Intra-Cellular Therapies initiates Phase I/II clinical trial to evaluate pharmacokinetics in patients with dementia

Intra-Cellular Therapies initiates Phase I/II clinical trial to evaluate pharmacokinetics in patients with dementia

Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of therapeutics for central nervous system (CNS) disorders, today announced the initiation of ITI-007-200, a Phase I/II clinical trial designed to evaluate the safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics of low doses of its lead drug candidate, ITI-007, in healthy geriatric subjects and in patients with dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. [More]

BDNF abnormalities may predict bipolar disorder

Patients with bipolar disorder show abnormalities in the conversion of pro-brain derived neurotrophic factor to the mature form, which may be used to aid diagnosis of the condition. [More]

Further support for hippocampal volume as psychosis biomarker

Findings from the Bipolar-Schizophrenia Network on Intermediate Phenotypes provide further evidence that reduced hippocampal volume is a consistent feature of schizophrenia. [More]

Advanced paternal age effects extend to several psychiatric disorders

The effect of advanced paternal age at childbearing on the psychiatric morbidity risk of their children extends to several psychiatric disorders and particularly bipolar disorder, findings from a sibling-comparison study show. [More]
Researchers create new nerve cells in brains and spinal cords of living mammals

Researchers create new nerve cells in brains and spinal cords of living mammals

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers created new nerve cells in the brains and spinal cords of living mammals without the need for stem cell transplants to replenish lost cells. [More]

Residual symptoms linked to poor functioning in euthymic bipolar disorder

Residual symptoms are associated with functional impairment in euthymic individuals with bipolar disorder, a large observational study has shown. [More]
Psychoeducation reduces internalised stigmatisation in bipolar patients

Psychoeducation reduces internalised stigmatisation in bipolar patients

A psychoeducation program designed to reduce internalised stigmatisation in patients with bipolar disease resulted in a significant decrease in total mean scores on the Internalized Stigmatization Scale of Mental Illness compared with a control group, a Turkish study shows. [More]
Pregnant women with bipolar disorder more frequently have mental health

Pregnant women with bipolar disorder more frequently have mental health

Pregnant and postpartum women with bipolar disorder more frequently have significant mental health and early mothering challenges than other perinatal women undergoing psychiatric treatment, according to a study in the Journal of Affective Disorders. [More]

CUMC researchers find potential target for treating autism, schizophrenia, and other brain disorders

​Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers have determined that a small region of the hippocampus known as CA2 is essential for social memory, the ability of an animal to recognize another of the same species. [More]