As someone who lives with bipolar disorder and often feels disconnected from the “real” world, it’s no surprise I’ve spent a lot of time in online support groups. All of this was long before I reached recovery, became a writer, or even heard the term “peer support.”
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.
The study cohort included 146 individuals with schizophrenia and 87 with bipolar disorder. Participants were followed for 20 years.
But a growing body of work has suggested that for some people, even slight changes in this balance may be linked with certain psychiatric conditions including panic disorders. New findings this month provide additional evidence that such links are real—and suggest they may extend to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
In an eight-year study of more than 50,000 people with bipolar disorder, researchers found that the risk of attempted or completed suicide was reduced significantly when the patients were treated with lithium, compared to an alternative drug called valproate.
Pregnant women with bipolar disorder (BD) receiving psychotropic medication did not experience improvement in either functional impairment or symptom burden, according to a study published in Bipolar Disorders Journal.
The extended-release formulation of aripiprazole has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for use as an injectable suspension for maintenance monotherapy of bipolar I disorder (BP-I) in adults, the companies have announced.
23andMe is currently recruiting 15,000 people with major depressive disorder and 10,000 people with bipolar disorder to participate in the study. The company describes its goal as finding out how genes influence brain processes, like attention and visual perception, for those with these conditions.
Recent findings indicated significant differences in biomarkers of bipolar disorder between men and women. “This suggests that gender is an important moderator of symptomatology in [bipolar disorder] and may point to differing underlying pathophysiology in men and women with [bipolar disorder].”
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
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.