People with a family history of bipolar disorder may ‘age’ more rapidly than those without a history of the disease, suggests new research. The study also shows that bipolar patients treated with lithium — the main medication for the illness — have longer telomeres (a sign of slower biological aging) compared to bipolar disorder patients Read more
Formerly known as manic depression, it’s a lifelong, chronic illness that currently affects over 12 million people in the US and as many as 60 million people worldwide. The economic cost of the disorder in the US alone has been estimated at $45 billion each year. It is characterized by severe and unpredictable mood swings; sufferers of bipolar disorder alternate between mania—feeling euphoric and revved up or irritable—and depression—feeling down and hopeless. Those suffering from the disorder have greater than a 6 percent risk of attempting suicide over 20 years, while 30-40 percent of sufferers report self-harm.
Clinical psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison of Johns Hopkins University told Live Science that those who have bipolar and are coming out of a depressive phase, often see a boost in creativity. When this occurs, the frontal lobe of the brain shows a lot of activity, similar to what takes place when someone is concentrating in Read more
At 6:30 p.m., he still wore his hospital wristbands from the night before — one on each arm. The patient, we’ll call him John, had been ping-ponged from hospital to hospital in the middle of a psychotic episode. At midnight, he took an ambulance ride strapped to a gurney from Columbus to Jackson, to the closest facility Read more
This cautionary tale involves a former psychiatrist who tried to treat his treatment-resistant bipolar depression with the powerful psychedelic N,N-Dimethyltryptamine — better known as DMT — with dire results.
Women with bipolar disorder have a high prevalence of sexual distress, and their sexual function is closely associated with their mood symptoms and perception of quality of life, according to a study published in the International Journal of Bipolar Disorders.
Even though I frequently resent bipolar disorder, I know that if I didn’t have it, I wouldn’t be who I am, and I wouldn’t have done the things that I’ve done in my life.
Conner Jackson is using his experiences with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and attention deficit hyperactive disorder to train officers from the Wichita Police Department, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, the Wellington Police Department, the Kansas Department of Corrections and more.
In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales welcome Katie Dale, a young woman with bipolar disorder who was convinced by a pastor to discontinue her medication and instead put her faith in God to heal her. Unsurprisingly, going off her meds plunged Katie into a serious bipolar Read more
What we all have to realize is that even though one works as hard as possible to live, sometimes, people lose. Sometimes people lose their fight against cancer and sometimes people lose their fight against mental illness and addiction.
A cancer diagnosis can exacerbate an already complicated scenario when one also has a severe mental illness. Those with a severe mental illness die an average of 25 years earlier than the general population and are twice as likely to die from their cancer.
UC scientists use artificial intelligence to accurately predict treatment outcomes for bipolar disorder
The artificial intelligence that can blow human pilots out of the sky in air-to-air combat accurately predicted treatment outcomes for bipolar disorder, according to a new medical study by the University of Cincinnati.
In the next several decades, the health care community will have to prepare for sharply ramped-up service needs for older adults, including those with chronic mental conditions. In both younger and geriatric persons, bipolar disorder may be misdiagnosed or underdetected.
The mentally ill are refugees. Far from home, hearing your mother tongue is a relief. When bipolar people meet, we find an immigrant intimacy, a solidarity. We share a suffering and a thrill.
Over the years, as detailed in my book, “Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression,” undiagnosed manic depression caused me to drop out of college twice, lose friendships, endanger my jobs, and endlessly worry family and friends.
San Francisco-based teacher Mark Lukach was married to his wife Giulia for just three years when she had her first psychotic episode at age 27.
Depression, irritability, and psychiatric comorbid conditions negatively impact quality of life and functioning in bipolar disorder, according to a study published in the International Journal of Bipolar Disorders.
Natasha Tracy is an award-winning writer and speaker living with bipolar disorder. She has written more than 1000 articles on mental health and is considered a subject matter expert in bipolar disorder.
A new study has found that adolescents suffering from bipolar disorder are more likely to develop substance use disorders if they have lower gray matter volume in the brain.
While coincidence did lead to one of psychiatry’s most effective drugs—this line of research might allow scientists to take the opposite approach.
A University of Manchester study which looked at more than thirty years of research into bipolar, found that people with the disorder are 2.63 times more likely to have suffered emotional, physical or sexual abuse as children than the general population.
A conference convened in Amsterdam to once and for all answer the question of whether van Gogh suffered from some sort of medical problem or mental disorder, such as bipolar disorder, during his lifetime.
Structured group psychoeducation sessions could be more successful in treating patients in the early stages of bipolar disorder than standard peer-support offered by the NHS and the voluntary sector, research has found.
A mood-stabilizing drug prescribed to many patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder may decrease negative symptoms for people with a certain variant of the COMT gene, say researchers.
Researchers have discovered a possible link between bipolar disorder and certain blood markers.
Low levels of the stress hormone cortisol are linked to obesity, high levels of fat in the blood and metabolic syndrome among patients with recurrent depressions or bipolar disorder, according to a new study.