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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

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.

The Neural Basis of Bipolar Disorder

Selected for clinical implications, here are some highlights from the recent acceleration in understanding of the mechanisms of bipolar disorder.

A prospective study shows that continued cannabis use erodes global functioning in patients with bipolar disorder, mediated by its effects on mood.

Animal and human studies confirm a role for aberrant development of neurons that control dopamine and serotonin in mood fluctuations in bipolar 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.

The psychiatrist’s role is to act as a consultant to maximize the likelihood of a successful taper and discontinuation and to minimize collateral morbidities or withdrawal complications. This slideshow features common scenarios in which a planned discontinuation of psychotropic medications occurs.

Some recent breakthroughs, using newly developed neuroscience investigational tools, suggest that if research resources are available, we could soon make substantial advances in understanding the mechanism of action of ECT.

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