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August 24, 2012

Bipolar Disorder: A First Rate Madness?
PsychCentral.com (blog)
I recently attended one of the lovely webinars hosted by the International Bipolar Foundation. The speaker, Dr Nassir Ghaemi (Professor at Tufts university), presented his book, a “First Rate Madness: Mood disorders and Crisis Leadership” and discussed ...

 
 

Jesse Jackson Jr. treated for bipolar II disorder: What is it?
Los Angeles Times
Jackson is one of the millions of people in the U.S. who suffer from bipolar II; altogether, an estimated 5.7 million Americans have some form of bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental ...

Jesse Jackson Jr. Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder
PsychCentral.com
Jesse Jackson Jr. Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., (D-Ill.) is being treated at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for bipolar II disorder, according to the clinic. The Congressman is “responding well to the treatment and ...

 

Jesse Jackson, Jr. Responding to Bipolar Therapy
MedPage Today
After months of silence from his office about his absence from Congress, the Mayo Clinic has announced that Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., (D-Ill.) is being treated at the facility for bipolar disorder. The Congressman is "responding well to the treatment ...

 

Big Jump in Antipsychotic Drugs Prescribed for Kids
PsychCentral.com
Not only are the drugs being prescribed for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, but also for the more commonly diagnosed attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). “The growth in antipsychotic treatment of children — roughly eightfold in 17 ...

 
 

Specific episode triggers in young adults with BD identified
News-Medical.net
By Mark Cowen, Senior MedWire Reporter. Falling in love has the highest specificity for triggering manic/hypomanic episodes in young adults with bipolar disorder (BD), while stressful life events has the highest specificity for triggering depressive ...

White matter abnormalities distinguish childhood-onset BD
News-Medical.net
Increased white matter microstructure abnormalities may differentiate pediatric- from adult-onset bipolar disorder (BD), results from a US study suggest. In a brain imaging study of white matter tracts, researchers found that BD patients with pediatric ...

Why do we keep hearing about bipolar disorder?
Morris Daily Herald
Musicians Kurt Cobain, Axle Rose, Jimi Hendricks, Mozart, Beethoven, Ozzy Osbourne and Britney Spears. Each has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder (formerly referred to as “manic depressive disorder”). Bipolar disorder encompasses the two extremes ...

Adolescent hypomania does not predict bipolar disorder
News-Medical.net
Results from a Swedish study show that only a small proportion of depressed adolescents with hypomania spectrum episodes will develop bipolar disorder in adulthood. In study of 64 individuals aged 16-17 years who screened positive for depression ...

Opponent Says Congressman Jackson is Like a 'Hermit' and 'Recluse'
Patch.com
Does Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.'s recent bipolar disorder diagnosis make him unfit to serve the Second District? His Independent opponent, Marcus Lewis, said it does. "This man is disqualified," Lewis said in a phone interview Thursday. "If you need ...

How I Turned My Life Into a Memoir
Publishers Weekly
David Fitzpatrick's Sharp is a memoir covering his 46-year-life, and his two-decade struggle with bipolar disorder and self-injury. Here, he writes about how he turned his experiences into a memoir. Sharp isn't even close to what I imagined the shape ...

Patrick Kennedy: Rep. Jackson in 'deep' depression
The Associated Press
The visit from Kennedy — who has suffered with bipolar disorder and been treated at Mayo — gave one of the first outside glimpses of Jackson's health. "I don't think people understand the depth of his depression. It's deep. He has a lot of work to ...

Rachel triumphs over mood disorder to scoop top marks
Belper News
She suffers from bipolar disorder, a condition that can affect your moods which can swing from one extreme to the other. She said: “I am so pleased with my results, they were even better than I was predicted. The exams were extremely hard for me ...

 
 

Is Jenelle Evans Taking Her Bipolar Meds?
Wetpaint
Jenelle Evans has quite the reputation for being slightly cray-cray (especially when it comes to her dating life), but let's not forget that homegirl has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. This means Jenelley suffers from episodes of depression and ...

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Invests $11.9 Million in NARSAD Grants ...
Kitsap Sun
Receiving up to $60000 over two years, Young Investigators pursue brain and behavior research related to depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and anxiety disorders like obsessive-compulsive and ...

Jesse Jackson Jr.'s bipolar diagnosis could help others who suffer
Orlando Sentinel
"Many Americans have bipolar disorder," said a press statement from the Mayo Clinic, where Jackson received extensive evaluation. "Bipolar II disorder is a treatable condition that affects parts of the brain controlling emotion, thought and drive and ...

Police are learning to deal with the mentally ill
Kansas City Star
A family member with bipolar disorder lost control in his home, tearing at the walls and furniture, and couldn't be calmed. After several frustrating hours, Cullumber had to call the police. “I even, with all my resources, had reached my limit,” said ...

 
 

Several Strategies Fight Insomnia in Mood-Disorder Patients
Psychiatric News
People with major depressive disorder, anxiety, or bipolar disorder, in particular, often benefit from this approach, according to speakers at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies in Boston in June (see Consider Daily ...

Unravelling the biological matrix of bipolar disorder
ScienceBlog.com (blog)
For “Mendelian” disorders, like Huntington disease, mutation of a single gene predictably produces a single clinical disorder, following relatively simple genetic principals. Compared to Mendelian disorders, understanding bipolar disorder has been ...

Bipolar disorder and pot: Study claims marijuana helps mental condition
Examiner.com
Bipolar disorder is a common condition among millions and a new study suggest smoking pot might actually help the mental condition. Statistics in a test studied show that those who used marijuana had less severe bipolar than those who haven't tried the ...

 

Brainsway starts bipolar disorder trial
Globes
Brainsway Ltd. (TASE:BRIN) has begun a second multicenter trial of its deep TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) device for the treatment of bipolar disorder (manic depression). Yesterday, the company announced that it had signed with 18 medical ...

Jackson Triggers Focus on Bipolar Depression
Inglewood Today
According to the Mayo Clinic, bipolar disorder — sometimes called manic-depressive disorder — is associated with mood swings that range from the lows of depression to the highs of mania. When you become depressed, you may feel sad or hopeless and ...

NAMI Marin to offer sessions for families
Marin Independent-Journal
NAMI Marin, the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will hold a free, comprehensive 12-week course designed for families in which there are individuals who have major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, panic disorder, ...

Caring for mentally ill
Nurse.com
Prevalence of smoking among people who suffer from bipolar disorder or schizophrenia is about 60% to 80%. Immediately providing these patients with tobacco cessation medications in the ED will have a calming effect and reduce cravings and other ...

Creativity and bipolar disorder are linked, but not by some mad genius
Medical Xpress
People with bipolar disorder swing repeatedly from depression to euphoria and hyperactivity, or intensely irritable, mood states. Sometimes likened to being on an emotional rollercoaster, each swing up then down affects one's behaviour, energy levels, ...

Behind Mental Health Stigmas In Black Communities
WBUR
Jesse Jackson Jr.'s recent diagnosis of bipolar disorder has focused attention on the shame that sometimes accompanies mental health diagnoses in the African-American community. Psychiatrist William Lawson joins NPR's John Donvan to discuss why such ...

Genetic variants linked to bipolar disorder
HealthCanal.com
21/08/2012 13:59:00. Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font. Research led by the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) at King's College London has identified genetic variants linked to signaling pathways in the brain likely to be involved in causing bipolar ...

Impulsiveness linked to bipolar disorder severity
News-Medical.net
The authors comment in the Journal of Affective Disorders that "further studies are required to clarify the role of trait-impulsiveness, particularly in high-risk populations, such as healthy first-degree relatives of bipolar patients, to explore the ...

Free course for Staten Islanders with loved ones living with mental illness
SILive.com
Photos.comNAMI's Family-to-Family Education Program will discuss a number of major mental illnesses, including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and obsessive compulsive disorder. STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The National Alliance on Mental ...

 
 

Pact proposed in mental health lawsuit against state
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
... ago on behalf of about 250 residents who were denied eligibility for services after the Department of Health's Adult Mental Health Division limited eligibility to individuals deemed to have more serious conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar ...

Jackson Jr. gets another visitor: Kucinich
Politico (blog)
Jesse Jackson Jr. got another visitor from Capitol Hill as he is being treated at the Mayo Clinic from bipolar disorder: Rep. Dennis Kucinich. Kucinich stopped by the Rochester, Minn., hospital over the weekend, according to his congressional Twitter ...

Daily Buzz 8.20.12: Lil Scrappy's bipolar?
S2Smagazine.com
Chad Johnson facing foreclosure, Beyoncé releases new video, Lil Scrappy reveals bipolar disorder and more! Get the latest on your favorite stars like Beyoncé, who just dropped a new video for "I Was Here." Then, find out how much financial trouble ...

Lawson researcher sings the baby blues
Science Codex
LONDON, ON – The impact of bipolar disorder during pregnancy has been hotly contended among the research community. Now, a new study from Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University is sorting out the debate and calling for more ...

Brainsway Starts Multicenter Clinical Trial for Bipolar Disorder
Virtual-Strategy Magazine
Bipolar disorder (also known as manic-depressive disorder) is a mental illness that causes unusual movements of a patient's mood and ability to function. It is estimated that approximately 2 million people in the United States (roughly 1% of the adult ...

Jackson Jr. In "Fragile State:" Kucinich
NBC Chicago (blog)
Jackson Jr. admitted himself last month to the Mayo Clinic for treatment of bipolar disorder. He has been on medical leave since June 10. Kucinich was Jackson's latest visitor at the clinic following his family and former Congressman Patrick Kennedy.

Thought Disorder May Be Predictive of Psychosis
Clinical Psychiatry News Digital Network
Dr. Wilcox of the University of Arizona and his coauthors followed 188 patients with new-onset psychosis for 20 years, In all, 68 had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, 60 with schizoaffective disorder, and 60 with bipolar disorder in the manic state ...

Candidate Claims Media Misrepresented Statements on Jesse Jackson Jr.
Patch.com
Independent candidate Marcus Lewis recently told Patch the news of Jackson's bipolar disorder diagnosis disqualifies him as a candidate for Congress. In these comments, Lewis seemed to cite an example of how the public would react if it learned the ...

Deciding Whether to Medicate a Child
New York Times
These states are frequently mislabeled as specific psychiatric disorders. Unhappiness is diagnosed as depression; realistic worry as anxiety; understandable anger as bipolar disorder; and nonspecific nervousness as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Health states for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder within the Global Burden ...
7thSpace Interactive (press release)
Another six studies were identified from which 23% (10%-39%) of bipolar disorder cases were in a manic state, 27% (11%-47%) were in a depressive state, and 50% (30%-70%) were in a residual state. This literature review revealed salient gaps in the ...

Antipsychotics Prescribed To Treat ADHD In More Children And Teens, New ...
Huffington Post
The drugs are not only being prescribed for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but also for the commonly diagnosed attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Many mental health experts say that the powerful medications come with serious ...



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Lithium Carbonate May Decrease Suicidal or Aggressive Behaviors in Bipolar Disorders
psychiatryadvisor
Reports of drug-related adverse suicidal and behavioral events among patients with bipolar disorders (N=3521) were evaluated for potential risk ...

Kidney function in patients with bipolar disorder with and without lithium treatment - MDLinx
mdlinx
MDLinx original journal summary on Bipolar Disorder, Psychiatry. ... with bipolar and schizoaffective disorders is accelerated by lithium.

Auburn man accused of leaving voicemail threatening Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan
seattletimes
He has been diagnosed with illnesses including schizoaffective disorder and bipolar disorder and has been arrested more than 70 times, resulting in ...

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