There is a new study published which clarify the effectiveness of various forms of treatments and treatment combinations for individuals who suffer with bipolar disorder.

Both of these studies are part of the National Institute of Mental Health funded Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder. Additionally, this study relating to bipolar disorder was published in the September 2007 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Researchers examined those individuals who experienced and were treated for mixed symptoms of their bipolar disorder. Those individuals who in the middle of a depressive episode experienced manic symptoms were given antidepressant medication as well as a mood stabilizer. Others with bipolar disorder in the control group who were experiencing these same mixed symptoms only received a mood stabilizer and a placebo.

The mood stabilizing medication alone appeared to be just as effective on the mixed bipolar disorder symptoms as the dual medication, according to Dr. Joseph Goldberg, of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

But what is even more interesting, the study discovered that after three months, those with bipolar disorder experienced more severe symptoms of mania if they had been treated with both the mood stabilizer and the antidepressant. The researchers caution that using both medications for the mixed symptoms of bipolar disorder may heighten future episodes.

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness characterized by severely contrasting mood swings of depression to mania. The disorder affects nearly 5 million people in the United States alone. At times, bipolar disorder can be a very debilitating problem, costing the nation not only millions of dollars in health care treatments, but also resulting in a very real human emotional toll, that only scratches the surface with scarred emotional relationships.

Bipolar disorder is health concern that is oftentimes under diagnosed. The symptoms of bipolar disorder appear for the first time when an individual is between the ages of 18 and 22. However more children are being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and it's not unusual for older persons to be diagnosed with the mental health concern.