Bipolar Disorder May Vary Depending on Weight, Eating Disorders

July 29, 2013

Bipolar disorder develops differently in obese people and among those who binge eat, a new study finds. Up to 4 percent of Americans have bipolar disorder, a serious mental illness that causes extreme mood swings.

Pregnant Women With Bipolar Disorder May Have Higher Risk of Premature Birth

November 9, 2012

Women with treated and untreated bipolar disorder are more likely to give birth prematurely — before 37 weeks — and have other pregnancy and birth complications, according to a new study. The study was published online Nov. 8 in the journal BMJ.

More Evidence Linking Creativity, Mental Illness

October 17, 2012

A large new study adds to evidence linking creativity and mental illness. The findings also suggest that to safeguard the positive traits associated with mental illness, new approaches to treatment might be considered, the researchers said. The investigators looked at long-term data from nearly 1.2 million Swedish psychiatric patients and their relatives, and found that bipolar disorder was more common among people with artistic or scientific professions, such as dancers, photographers, authors and researchers.

Study Looks at Deep Brain Stimulation in Bipolar Patients

January 2, 2012

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Jan. 2 (HealthDay News) — A small study suggests that deep brain stimulation, which is currently being investigated as a treatment for general depression, may also help patients with bipolar disorder.
There are some caveats. The surgery necessary to allow deep brain stimulation is extremely expensive. And for now, the research […]

Even Today, the Stigma of Mental Illness Won't Fade

December 29, 2011

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Dec. 29 (HealthDay News) — People with a mental illness struggle with symptoms ranging from crushing depression and crippling anxiety to powerful delusions and hallucinations that force them to actively sort out the real from the imagined.
And if that weren’t enough, they also have to deal with the way the rest […]

First Versions of Generic Zyprexa Approved

October 24, 2011

MONDAY, Oct. 24 (HealthDay News) — The first generic versions of Zyprexa (olanzapine) have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, the agency said Monday.
Olanzapine has a boxed label warning that the drug can cause death among elderly people who have psychosis due to confusion and memory […]

Genetic Links Seen Between Bipolar Illness and Schizophrenia

September 22, 2011

THURSDAY, Sept. 22 (HealthDay News) — There is a genetic link between schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, two common and often disabling brain disorders, a new study indicates.
Researchers identified 11 genetic regions, including six that had never been discovered before, which play a role in people’s risk for these mental illnesses. The findings, they say, provide […]

Antipsychotics Best for Controlling Mania: Study

August 16, 2011

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthDay News) — The manic episodes experienced by those with bipolar disorder are better controlled by antipsychotic drugs than mood stabilizers, a new, large study suggests.
Researchers from Italy and the United Kingdom also found that three antipsychotics — first-generation haloperidol (Haldol) along with later formulations of risperidone (Risperdal) and […]

Long-Term Use of Bipolar Drug Questioned

May 4, 2011

The growing use of a popular drug in the long-term treatment of bipolar disorder is based largely on a single, flawed clinical trial that may be steering doctors and patients away from drugs with a more established track record, a new review suggests.

It May Be Possible to Predict Bipolar Mood Swings: Study

April 25, 2011

MONDAY, April 25 (HealthDay News) — A new study suggests that it’s possible to predict future mood swings in bipolar people by monitoring their thoughts and behavior.
Bipolar people suffer from extreme mood swings that veer between moments of emotional highs and euphoria to deep depression. In the new study, researchers from the Universities of […]

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