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Self-Diagnosis of Bipolar On the Rise
Media attention to bipolar and Internet-based information lead some people to decide (mistakently) that they have the condition. Correct assessment and affirming reassurance, studies snow, is what patients with mood instability want most.
Marijuana Habit Common in Bipolar Erodes Global Function
A prospective study shows that continued cannabis use erodes global functioning in patients with bipolar disorder, mediated by its effects on mood.
Bipolar Mood Fluctuations Linked to Monoaminergic Neurons
Animal and human studies confirm a role for aberrant development of neurons that control dopamine and serotonin in mood fluctuations in bipolar disorder.
Lung Cancer and Diabetes: A Complex Affair
A new study clarifies the link between metformin and lung cancer. Perhaps not surprisingly, a smoking habit (or lack of it) substantially affects risk.
How to Distinguish Bipolar Disorder from Borderline Personality Disorder
It may be difficult to distinguish borderline personality disorder from bipolar, but the difference is crucial for appropriate treatment. A review details the features crucial to correct diagnosis.
Reward Processing in Bipolar: Altered, But Not So Simple
Reward processing in the ventral and dorsal striatium is altered in both medicated and nonmedicated bipolar patients, and may distinguish bipolar from unipolar depression.
Transition to Medicare Part D Reduces Rates of Untreated Bipolar Disorder
The transition from Medicaid to Medicare Part D has observable effects on treatment of bipolar.
Common Medical Comorbidities Arise Frequently With Bipolar
Common medical conditions frequently complicate bipolar disorder. The purely physical problems often receive more attention and care than the mood disorder.
Insulin Resistance Plays Role in Bipolar Treatment Failure
There is increasing evidence that diabetes or prediabetes may contribute to the risk for bipolar, as well as interfering with treatment effectiveness.
CBT May Help Bipolar If Started Early
Recovery-focused cognitive behavior therapy is showing promise in reducing recent-onset bipolar disorder.
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