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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.
Alexza Pharmaceuticals announces availability of ADASUVE inhalation powder in Guatemala

Alexza Pharmaceuticals announces availability of ADASUVE inhalation powder in Guatemala

Alexza Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that ADASUVE inhalation powder, pre-dispensed (loxapine) is now available in Guatemala. This approval represents the first ADASUVE approval in Latin America for Ferrer and Alexza. [More]
Web-based psychological self-help may aid bipolar patients

Web-based psychological self-help may aid bipolar patients

A web-based self-management programme appears to be feasible and may be effective as an intervention for people with bipolar disorder. [More]
Duration of undiagnosed bipolar disorder unrelated to treatment response

Duration of undiagnosed bipolar disorder unrelated to treatment response

The duration of undiagnosed bipolar disorder is unrelated to patients’ clinical status or their response to mood-stabilising medication, study findings indicate. [More]
‘Soft’ bipolar spectrum disorders differ from depression

‘Soft’ bipolar spectrum disorders differ from depression

The neurocognitive function of patients with major depression who fall into the “soft” bipolar spectrum resembles that of patients with bipolar II disorder rather than those with unipolar depression, say researchers. [More]
Depressive bipolar patients have highest post-discharge suicide risk

Depressive bipolar patients have highest post-discharge suicide risk

Patients hospitalised with bipolar disorder are at the greatest risk of suicide immediately after discharge, and the rate at which the risk declines depends on the illness phase, Finnish researchers report. [More]
Impaired emotion recognition runs in families with psychosis

Impaired emotion recognition runs in families with psychosis

Difficulty recognising facial emotions is common to patients with psychosis and their close relatives, shows research. [More]
Earlier treatment better for bipolar patients

Earlier treatment better for bipolar patients

Patients with bipolar disorder are more likely to respond to lithium if the treatment is started early in the course of the condition, say researchers. [More]

Impulse control predicts euthymia in bipolar disorder

Patients with bipolar disorder who have good trait impulse control are likely to respond better to treatment than those with poor impulse control, say researchers. [More]
Astrocytes may be behind mental disorders, new research reveals

Astrocytes may be behind mental disorders, new research reveals

Astrocytes, the cells that make the background of the brain and support neurons, might be behind mental disorders such as depression and schizophrenia, according to new research by a Portuguese team from the ICVS at the University of Minho. [More]
Research findings could lead to new approaches for treating schizophrenia

Research findings could lead to new approaches for treating schizophrenia

As part of a multinational, collaborative effort, researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have helped identify over 100 locations in the human genome associated with the risk of developing schizophrenia, in the largest genomic study published on any psychiatric disorder to date, conducted with 80,000 people. [More]

Brain stimulation effective for treating depression

Brain stimulation treatments, like electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), are often effective for the treatment of depression. Like antidepressant medications, however, they typically have a delayed onset. [More]
Findings point to biological mechanisms and pathways that may underlie schizophrenia

Findings point to biological mechanisms and pathways that may underlie schizophrenia

As part of a multinational, collaborative effort, researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and scores of other institutions from all over the world have helped identify over 100 locations in the human genome associated with the risk of developing schizophrenia, in what is the largest genomic study published on any psychiatric disorder to date. [More]
Use ADHD questionnaire ‘with caution’ in bipolar patients

Use ADHD questionnaire ‘with caution’ in bipolar patients

A questionnaire used to determine whether or not someone has attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder should be used with caution in patients with bipolar disorder, Swiss researchers suggest. [More]
Inflammatory shift in long-standing bipolar disorder

Inflammatory shift in long-standing bipolar disorder

Patients with chronic bipolar disorder, but not those with schizophrenia, have a shift towards an M1 rather than an M2 macrophage response, research suggests. [More]

Openness predicts cognitive function in bipolar disorder

The degree of Openness to Experiences reported by patients with bipolar disorder could be used to identify potential candidates requiring more comprehensive cognitive assessments, US researchers report. [More]
Research finding could provide better understanding of severe mental illness

Research finding could provide better understanding of severe mental illness

A neuroscientist at Rutgers University-Newark says the human brain operates much the same whether active or at rest - a finding that could provide a better understanding of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other serious mental health conditions that afflict an estimated 13.6 million Americans. [More]

Social environment may influence mood stabiliser adherence

The attitudes of patients with bipolar disorder towards mood-stabilising medications are influenced by their social support system, say researchers. [More]
Factors linked to bipolar cycle acceleration identified

Factors linked to bipolar cycle acceleration identified

Researchers have identified factors that are associated with cycle acceleration in patients with bipolar disorder admitted to hospital for a mood episode. [More]
New smartphone-based system detects changes in patients' behavioral patterns

New smartphone-based system detects changes in patients' behavioral patterns

Mental illness accounts for 90 percent of all reported suicides and places the largest burden of any disease on social and economic infrastructures worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. [More]

Antidepressant risk in bipolar patients limited to monotherapy use

Antidepressants may cause problems in patients with bipolar disorder only when they are used in isolation, research suggests. [More]