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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.
People with intermittent explosive disorder have smaller 'emotional brains'

People with intermittent explosive disorder have smaller 'emotional brains'

Neuroimaging studies suggest that frontolimbic regions of the brain, structures that regulate emotions, play an important role in the biology of aggressive behavior. [More]
Naturally occurring changes in brain wiring can help patients avert onset of bipolar disorder

Naturally occurring changes in brain wiring can help patients avert onset of bipolar disorder

Naturally occurring changes in brain wiring can help patients at high genetic risk of developing bipolar disorder avert the onset of the illness, according to a new study led by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published online today in the journal Translational Psychiatry. [More]
Researchers identify inherited traits related to sleep, wake and activity cycles

Researchers identify inherited traits related to sleep, wake and activity cycles

In the first study of its kind, a team of international scientists led by UT Southwestern Medical Center and UCLA researchers have identified a dozen inherited traits related to sleep, wake, and activity cycles that are associated with severe bipolar disorder. [More]
Add-on lamotrigine enhances bipolar depression treatment

Add-on lamotrigine enhances bipolar depression treatment

Combining lamotrigine with quetiapine improves the treatment of depressive symptoms in patients with bipolar disorder, with the benefits maintained for at least a year, show findings from the CEQUEL trial. [More]
Teens with moderate mental health problems vape e-cigarettes

Teens with moderate mental health problems vape e-cigarettes

Teenagers with moderate mental health problems who may not have considered smoking conventional cigarettes are turning to electronic cigarettes, a new USC study has found. [More]
UW-Madison scientist creates serotonin neurons from stem cells

UW-Madison scientist creates serotonin neurons from stem cells

Su-Chun Zhang, a pioneer in developing neurons from stem cells at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has created a specialized nerve cell that makes serotonin, a signaling chemical with a broad role in the brain. [More]
Gene variant linked to psychotic symptoms, cognitive impairment in people with bipolar disorder identified

Gene variant linked to psychotic symptoms, cognitive impairment in people with bipolar disorder identified

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet, and the Sahlgrenska Academy at Gothenburg University in Sweden have identified a gene variant linked to psychotic symptoms and cognitive impairment in people with bipolar disorder. The study, which is published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, describes a possible mechanism for how the gene variant produces clinical symptoms by affecting levels of specific proteins in the brain. [More]
Unhealthy microbiome shifts can lead to weight gain, obesity

Unhealthy microbiome shifts can lead to weight gain, obesity

The link between the gut microbiome and obesity seems clear, but just how changes to gut bacteria can cause weight gain is not. [More]
Review provides recommendations to improve cancer screening, treatment in people with mental illness

Review provides recommendations to improve cancer screening, treatment in people with mental illness

A new report calls attention to cancer in people with mental illness, suggesting that healthcare system and societal factors are just as critical as individual lifestyle factors-- linked to smoking and obesity--that lead to health disparities among this group. [More]
Biotypes can identify distinct subgroups of psychosis

Biotypes can identify distinct subgroups of psychosis

Three biomarker-based categories, called biotypes, outperformed traditional diagnoses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder with psychosis, in sorting psychosis cases into distinct subgroups on the basis of brain biology, report researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health. [More]
Groundbreaking study establishes empirical biomarkers to aid in diagnosis, treatment of psychosis

Groundbreaking study establishes empirical biomarkers to aid in diagnosis, treatment of psychosis

In a groundbreaking study led by UT Southwestern Medical Center, a comprehensive set of empirical biomarkers has been established to aid in diagnosis and treatment of psychosis. [More]
UGA researchers identify biological markers for mental disorders

UGA researchers identify biological markers for mental disorders

A team of researchers led by faculty at the University of Georgia has identified a number of biological markers that make it possible to classify mental disorders with greater precision. Their findings, published today in the American Journal of Psychiatry, may one day lead to improved diagnostics and treatments for those suffering from mental illness. [More]
Mayo Clinic investigators discover potential diagnostic markers for bipolar I disorder

Mayo Clinic investigators discover potential diagnostic markers for bipolar I disorder

Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered a series of proteins that could be diagnostic markers to identify bipolar I disorder. If this discovery sample can be validated through replication these markers may help as a diagnostic tool for psychiatrists treating mood disorders. [More]
Researchers find lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids in people with bipolar disorder

Researchers find lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids in people with bipolar disorder

People with bipolar disorder have lower levels of certain omega-3 fatty acids that cross the blood-brain barrier compared to those who do not, according to researchers from Penn State College of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. The finding could have implications for dietary interventions for the disorder. [More]
Study explores diabetes screening for patients with severe mental illness

Study explores diabetes screening for patients with severe mental illness

A study just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine examines diabetes screening for patients with severe mental illness, who are two to three times more likely to have type 2 diabetes than the general population. More than seven million Americans in the United States have severe mental illness, and there are many factors contributing to their increased risk of getting diabetes, including treatment with antipsychotic medication. [More]
UCSF research on mood disorders aims to advance understanding and treatment of depression

UCSF research on mood disorders aims to advance understanding and treatment of depression

A gift of $20 million from the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund to the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Francisco will support research on mood disorders, aiming to rapidly advance the understanding and treatment of depression, bipolar disorder and related illnesses. [More]
General psychiatric support warranted in MS patients

General psychiatric support warranted in MS patients

Multiple sclerosis has a nonspecific effect on psychiatric morbidity, increasing the risk of all psychiatric disorders, shows a large population-based study. [More]
Study sheds light on mechanism of neuronal activity

Study sheds light on mechanism of neuronal activity

Neurons communicate by passing electrical messages, known as action potentials, between each other. Each neuron has a highly specialized structural region, the axon initial segment (AIS), whose primary role is in the generation and sending of these messages. [More]
Lithium chloride could offer effective treatment against osteoarthritis

Lithium chloride could offer effective treatment against osteoarthritis

Bioengineers from Queen Mary University of London have shown for the first time that lithium chloride, a common drug used to treat mental health disorders, could offer an effective treatment against osteoarthritis by disrupting the length of the cells' antennae called primary cilia. [More]
MHS receives CMMI grant to provide comprehensive healthcare to people with severe mental illness

MHS receives CMMI grant to provide comprehensive healthcare to people with severe mental illness

Montefiore Health System today announced receipt of a four-year, $9.6 million grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to fund a unique patient-centered approach to providing comprehensive healthcare to those with severe mental illness (SMI). [More]
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