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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

What accounts for the legendary creativity of patients with bipolar disorder? Long assumed to be an effect of the manic phase, it may have as much to do with heightened sensory capacities, according to a new report.

Both emotional assessments using mood scales and functional MRI are helping to define the ways in which mood regulation and perception are disturbed in the affective states of bipolar disorder.

Genome-wide studies implicate distinctive signaling pathways in bipolar, and functional MRI points to elements of reward-seeking behavior as common to patients with the disorder.

Mood disorders in older adults are neither inevitable nor particularly resistant to treatment. With attention to the special needs of older patients during evaluation, treatment, and follow up, clinicians can help many patients derive greater enjoyment from their later years.

The authors emphasize the importance of risk and protective factors and risk prediction models; analyze the growing evidence base for preventive interventions; and describe the concept of mental health promotion.

Several recent studies show an association between influenza during pregnancy and risk of bipolar -- particularly bipolar psychosis.

Evidence suggests that co-occurrence with ADHD is a marker of preadolescent-onset mania. This slideshow provides some evidence for you to decide whether this form of very early-onset mania represents a developmental subtype of the disorder.

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