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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.
Children of parents with BD are at greater risk of developing psychiatric disorders

Children of parents with BD are at greater risk of developing psychiatric disorders

Bipolar disorder (BD) is among the 10 most burdensome medical conditions, according to the World Health Organization. The disorder is known for its dramatic highs of extreme euphoria, racing thoughts and decreased need for sleep, as well as its profound lows of sadness and despair. [More]
Kids at risk for mental disorders experience communication breakdown in brain networks

Kids at risk for mental disorders experience communication breakdown in brain networks

Attention deficits are central to psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, and are thought to precede the presentation of the illnesses. [More]
Brain networks supporting attention do not communicate correctly in children at risk for bipolar disorder

Brain networks supporting attention do not communicate correctly in children at risk for bipolar disorder

Attention deficits are central to psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, and are thought to precede the presentation of the illnesses. [More]
Longer looks: When an ER doctor becomes an ER patient; visualizing end-of-life treatments; Google Glass inside operating rooms

Longer looks: When an ER doctor becomes an ER patient; visualizing end-of-life treatments; Google Glass inside operating rooms

If you are shot or stabbed in or around Oakland, you are likely to be sent [to Highland Hospital). Oakland has the highest violent crime rate in the nation, so I have indeed seen my fair share of victims over my long career here. [More]
Predictive factors ‘raise suspicion’ for emergence of bipolar disorder

Predictive factors ‘raise suspicion’ for emergence of bipolar disorder

Researchers have identified seven factors that predict which patients initially diagnosed with depression will later meet the diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorder. [More]
Suicide risk factors are not generalisable

Suicide risk factors are not generalisable

Canadian researchers have identified differences in suicide risk factors between people with and without bipolar disorder, highlighting the hazard of generalising suicide risk factors to all populations. [More]
Study: Use of antipsychotic medication during pregnancy can affect babies

Study: Use of antipsychotic medication during pregnancy can affect babies

A seven-year study of women who take antipsychotic medication while pregnant, proves it can affect babies. [More]
Bipolar remission influenced by anxiety and OCD

Bipolar remission influenced by anxiety and OCD

Anxiety disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder may reduce the likelihood of achieving remission for patients with bipolar disorder, study findings indicate. [More]
Monday blues, weekend highs for bipolar patients

Monday blues, weekend highs for bipolar patients

Psychosocial factors cause weekly cycles in the mood and functional impairment of patients with bipolar disorder, independent of their medication use, say researchers. [More]

Study shows disparity between US and English discharge rates for pediatric bipolar

A study published in the June 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found a very much higher discharge rate for pediatric bipolar (PBD) in children and adolescents aged 1-19 years in the US compared to England between the years 2000-2010. [More]
Group of 11 genes could help predict alcoholism risk

Group of 11 genes could help predict alcoholism risk

A group of 11 genes can successfully predict whether an individual is at increased risk of alcoholism, a research team from the United States and Germany reported Tuesday. [More]
Depression does not impact on cognition in early bipolar disorder

Depression does not impact on cognition in early bipolar disorder

Depressive episodes have no additional impact on cognition in patients early in the course of bipolar disorder, research suggests. [More]
Hippocampal role in psychosis bolstered

Hippocampal role in psychosis bolstered

Reduced hippocampal volumes exist in patients across the psychosis spectrum, shows the latest report from the B-SNIP study. [More]

Bipolar at-risk criteria identify ‘relevant clinical minority’

A set of ultra-high-risk criteria for bipolar disorder identifies a group of help-seeking patients with a high rate of new-onset mania or hypomania over the following year, say researchers. [More]
New dual-pronged approach for treating Niemann-Pick type C disease

New dual-pronged approach for treating Niemann-Pick type C disease

By studying nerve and liver cells grown from patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), Whitehead Institute researchers have identified a potential dual-pronged approach to treating Niemann-Pick type C (NPC) disease, a rare but devastating genetic disorder. [More]
Global scientists to discuss latest findings on diagnosis, causes and treatments of ASD

Global scientists to discuss latest findings on diagnosis, causes and treatments of ASD

The International Society for Autism Research (INSAR), a scientific and professional organization devoted to advancing knowledge about autism spectrum disorders, convened more than 1700 researchers, delegates, autism specialists and students from 40 countries for the 13th Annual International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), the world's largest scientific gathering on autism research, from May 15 through May 17 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, GA. [More]

Age and onset age may influence bipolar treatment response

Some differences in treatment response emerge when patients with bipolar disorder are grouped according to their age and their age at bipolar onset, say researchers. [More]

Antipsychotic use linked to reduced patient violence

Prescribing antipsychotics may reduce psychiatric patients’ propensity to commit violent crime, a study in The Lancet suggests. [More]

Antipsychotic medication can reduce violent crime among people with psychiatric illness

New data indicate that people with psychiatric illness are almost half as likely to commit a violent crime when taking antipsychotic medication (such as clozapine or risperidone) compared with when they are not using such medication. The reduction in violent crime was smaller with use of mood stabilising drugs (such as lithium or carbamazepine) and only apparent among male patients with bipolar disorder. [More]

Antipsychotic medication reduces violent crime rates

People who use antipsychotic medication (such as clozapine or risperidone) to treat psychiatric illness are nearly half as likely to commit a violent crime compared to when they are not using such medication, according to new results published in The Lancet. [More]