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Marital hostility, history of depression can increase obesity risk in adults

Marital hostility, history of depression can increase obesity risk in adults

The double-whammy of marital hostility and a history of depression can increase the risk for obesity in adults by altering how the body processes high-fat foods, according to new research. [More]
New research shows link between birth season and mood disorders

New research shows link between birth season and mood disorders

New research shows that the season you are born has a significant impact on your risk of developing mood disorders. People born at certain times of year may have a greater chance of developing certain types of affective temperaments, which in turn can lead to mood disorders (affective disorders). [More]
Cyclothymic temperament linked to suicidality

Cyclothymic temperament linked to suicidality

The presence of a cyclothymic temperament in inpatients with bipolar disorder may indicate a high likelihood of hopelessness and suicidality, report researchers. [More]
Bipolar II disorder course mapped in Japanese patients

Bipolar II disorder course mapped in Japanese patients

The course of bipolar II disorder can follow several distinct trajectories, with a major depressive episode being the most common presenting feature, a study of Japanese patients suggests. [More]
People who develop depression, MCI after age 65 are more vulnerable for accelerated brain aging

People who develop depression, MCI after age 65 are more vulnerable for accelerated brain aging

People who develop depression and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) after age 65 are more likely to have biological and brain imaging markers that reflect a greater vulnerability for accelerated brain aging, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The findings were published online in Molecular Psychiatry. [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]
Hallucinations common suicide motive in schizophrenia patients

Hallucinations common suicide motive in schizophrenia patients

Hallucinations and/or delusions appear to be a common factor prompting patients with schizophrenia to attempt suicide, say researchers. [More]
Virtual patient, medical record and questions appear effective in recognizing suicide risk

Virtual patient, medical record and questions appear effective in recognizing suicide risk

A virtual patient, the electronic medical record, and questions about how well patients sleep appear effective new tools in recognizing suicide risk, researchers say. [More]
Meta-analysis links signalling pathways to bipolar disorder

Meta-analysis links signalling pathways to bipolar disorder

A meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies has identified six biological pathways that may be involved in the genetic predisposition to develop bipolar disorder. [More]
Bipolar disorder and epilepsy could be linked

Bipolar disorder and epilepsy could be linked

A preliminary study adds to evidence that bipolar disorder and epilepsy may be different expressions of common pathways. [More]
Body clock's could be utilized to improve current therapies to delay onset of chronic lung diseases

Body clock's could be utilized to improve current therapies to delay onset of chronic lung diseases

The body clock's natural rhythm could be utilized to improve current therapies to delay the onset of chronic lung diseases. [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]
Comorbid OCD and bipolar disorder should be treated as mood disorder

Comorbid OCD and bipolar disorder should be treated as mood disorder

Most patients with both bipolar disorder and obsessive–compulsive disorder should be treated as having bipolar disorder, researchers suggest. [More]
Mixed state specifier in DSM-5 overlooks the core features

Mixed state specifier in DSM-5 overlooks the core features

The replacement of “mixed episodes” with “mixed features” in DSM-5 in order to counter a lack of specificity overlooks two of the core features of mixed states, suggests research published in the Journal of Affective Disorders. [More]
How do people become depressed? An interview with Anna Watters and Professor Lea Williams, University of Sydney

How do people become depressed? An interview with Anna Watters and Professor Lea Williams, University of Sydney

A clinical diagnosis of depression (i.e. major depressive disorder) is currently defined on the basis of reported symptoms. [More]
Valproic acid metabolism and obesity: an interview with Dr. Namandjé Bumpus, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Valproic acid metabolism and obesity: an interview with Dr. Namandjé Bumpus, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Valproic acid is one of the most widely prescribed drugs for the treatment of epilepsy. It has also been shown to be effective for the treatment of mood disorders and migraine headaches. [More]
Mood disorder patients seek explanation for symptoms

Mood disorder patients seek explanation for symptoms

The primary focus of many patients attending a psychiatric consultation for mood instability is to obtain an explanation for their symptoms, report researchers. [More]
Secondary conditions can become deadly and affect how long HIV patients stay in hospital

Secondary conditions can become deadly and affect how long HIV patients stay in hospital

A University of Arkansas researcher and her colleagues have found that secondary conditions and diseases that could become deadly significantly affect how long HIV patients stay in the hospital. [More]
Early natural history of bipolar disorder mapped

Early natural history of bipolar disorder mapped

A longitudinal study of children of parents with bipolar disorder gives insights into the developmental trajectory of the condition, which researchers say should prove valuable in guiding future intervention and prevention efforts. [More]
Bipolarity caution in depressed MS patients

Bipolarity caution in depressed MS patients

Physicians should be sure to exclude bipolar disorder before prescribing antidepressants to patients with multiple sclerosis who have depression, say researchers. [More]