Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder (sometimes called "manic depression") is a brain disorder that causes extreme changes in mood and behavior. Bipolar disorder can run in families.Read More

Anxiety Doesn’t Increase Risk of Suicide in Those With Bipolar, Depressive Disorders

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by Summaries In 60

December 14

Many people with depression or bipolar disorder also suffer from anxiety. A new study published in the journal European Psychiatry finds that having an anxiety disorder doesn’t increase the risk of suicide attempts among those with major depression or bipolar disorder. Anxiety disorders include panic disorder, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, researchers found that suicide attempts were more common in women than men. Other risk factors for suicide attempts are: hopelessness, aggression, hostility, and acting without thinking. People with anxiety disorders often have those qualities. ... Read More


UTHealth researchers link epigenetic aging to bipolar disorder

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December 12

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HOUSTON - (Dec. 12, 2017) - Bipolar disorder may involve accelerated epigenetic aging, which could explain why persons with the disorder are more likely to have - and die from - age-related diseases, according to researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The findings were published in yesterday's issue of Translational Psychiatry, a Nature Publishing Group journal. While chronological age is measured in the amount of time that a person has been alive, epigenetic age measures molecular markers of chemical modifications to DNA. "Bipolar disorder has been previously associated with accelerated aging but the mechanisms... Read More


Traumatic stress and genetic risk of bipolar disorder found to increase suicide attempts

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December 12

Washington, DC, December 4, 2017 - Genetic susceptibility to bipolar disorder can increase the risk for suicide attempt, but only among those who also have experienced traumatic stress, reports a study published in the December 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP). Suicide in 2015 was the second leading cause of death among teens ages 15-19 with steep increases in suicide risk from ages 14 to 20. Bipolar disorder (BD) is one of the most heritable psychiatric conditions and is associated with high suicide risk. "We found that genetic susceptibility to BD... Read More


Holiday Shopping with Champagne Taste and...

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by Mani Pavuluri

December 06

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"Holiday Shopping with Champagne Taste.... and beer pocket money!" - a wise mom reports to me recollecting her family adage of intergenerational reprimand in shaping the children's indulgence. One fascinating thing I recognize with Champagne taste is if you are very talented in searching for the best in terms of quality and sophistication with artful and analytical mind, you are often falling into the trap of finding that at some high cost, more often than not. It is easy to justify it as a child or teen who has no major responsibilities and tunnel vision of how rich they are... Read More


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VIDEO: Ketamine, Glutamate, and the Future of Mood Disorders Therapeutics

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WATCH HERE In this webinar, Dr. Sanjay Mathew will review the history of ketamine for the treatment of serious depressive disorders and other similar treatments in development. Ketamine is an anesthetic drug which has recently been re-purposed at low doses for the treatment of severe mood disorders, PTSD, and suicidal ideation. The mechanism of its activity in the brain involves changes in the activity of glutamate, which is the primary amino acid neurotransmitter in the brain. Glutamate is critical for fundamental brain activities such as learning and mood. This webinar will review... Read More


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