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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.
Study finds elevated risk of congenital defects in lithium-exposed infants

Study finds elevated risk of congenital defects in lithium-exposed infants

Study: Antipsychotic treatment increases body fat and decreases insulin sensitivity in youth

Study: Antipsychotic treatment increases body fat and decreases insulin sensitivity in youth

People with severe mental illness more likely to have Type 2 diabetes, shows study

People with severe mental illness more likely to have Type 2 diabetes, shows study

New robotic system can diagnose neurodegenerative diseases through eye movements

New robotic system can diagnose neurodegenerative diseases through eye movements

Genetic mutation shown to cause bipolar disorder

Genetic mutation shown to cause bipolar disorder

ANT1 mutations connect bipolar disorder with mitochondrial dysfunction

ANT1 mutations connect bipolar disorder with mitochondrial dysfunction

Kate Spade’s death ignites concern about rising suicide rate

Kate Spade’s death ignites concern about rising suicide rate

Scientists identify neural circuit that gives rise to anxiety

Scientists identify neural circuit that gives rise to anxiety

Mobile health intervention for people with serious mental illness as effective as clinic-based treatment

Mobile health intervention for people with serious mental illness as effective as clinic-based treatment

Study explores link between groundwater lithium and diagnoses of bipolar disorder, dementia

Study explores link between groundwater lithium and diagnoses of bipolar disorder, dementia

Schizophrenics' blood samples feature genetic material from more types of microorganisms

Schizophrenics' blood samples feature genetic material from more types of microorganisms

Scientists identify cell types underlying schizophrenia

Scientists identify cell types underlying schizophrenia

Brain abnormality linked to general risk for mental illness

Brain abnormality linked to general risk for mental illness

Study illuminates how neuronal activity leads to gene activation

Study illuminates how neuronal activity leads to gene activation

National trial shows how high-tech strategies may change the field of mental health

National trial shows how high-tech strategies may change the field of mental health

Mood disturbances and depression linked to disrupted sleep routines finds study

Mood disturbances and depression linked to disrupted sleep routines finds study

Poor communication between brain's visual networks may increase risk of mental illness

Poor communication between brain's visual networks may increase risk of mental illness

Use of psychiatric drugs soars in California jails

Use of psychiatric drugs soars in California jails

Study examines link between antipsychotic treatment during pregnancy and gestational diabetes risk

Study examines link between antipsychotic treatment during pregnancy and gestational diabetes risk

Brain stimulation may offer new way to prevent suicide in people with hard-to-treat depression

Brain stimulation may offer new way to prevent suicide in people with hard-to-treat depression