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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.
New hope for people suffering from depression

New hope for people suffering from depression

There is new hope for people suffering from depression. Researchers have identified a compound, hydroxynorketamine (HNK), that may treat symptoms of depression just as effectively and rapidly as ketamine, without the unwanted side effects associated with the psychoactive drug, according to a study in the July issue of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists- (ASA-). [More]
Johns Hopkins to host 5th annual Graphic Medicine Conference

Johns Hopkins to host 5th annual Graphic Medicine Conference

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Department of Art as Applied to Medicine is hosting the fifth annual Graphic Medicine Conference, to take place June 26 to June 28 in the Preclinical Teaching Building on the Johns Hopkins medical campus. [More]
Moving during childhood linked to increased schizophrenia risk

Moving during childhood linked to increased schizophrenia risk

Childhood residential mobility is associated with an increased risk of psychotic disorders, particularly schizophrenia, during adulthood, according to results of a study conducted in Denmark. [More]
Alcohol, substance abuse doubles suicide risk in bipolar disorder

Alcohol, substance abuse doubles suicide risk in bipolar disorder

Patients with bipolar disorder and comorbid alcohol and substance use disorders are twice as likely to attempt suicide as those without such comorbidity, results of a systematic review and meta-analysis show. [More]
Tufts researchers gain new insight into protein associated with bipolar disorder

Tufts researchers gain new insight into protein associated with bipolar disorder

Researchers from Tufts have gained new insight into a protein associated with bipolar disorder. The study, published in the June 3 issue of Science Signaling, reveals that calcium channels in resting neurons activate the breakdown of Sp4, which belongs to a class of proteins called transcription factors that regulate gene expression. [More]
Cognitive decline not apparent in bipolar patients

Cognitive decline not apparent in bipolar patients

Cognitive dysfunction is persistent but generally stable over time in patients with bipolar disorder, Spanish researchers report. [More]
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

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

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’

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]