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Lithium Might Pave Way for New Approach for Delaying Age-related Diseases

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

A mood-stabilizing medication, lithium is used for treating bipolar disorder patients. However, a new study indicates that lithium might be useful in delaying the onset of age-related diseases as well as aging itself. In the study, results of which were published in the journal Cell Reports, researchers administered lithium in different dosages to 160 fruit […]

Certain Antidepressants Linked With Increased Risk Of Bipolar Disorder

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Antidepressant therapies, in particular, SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) and venlafaxine, may cause bipolar disorder and mania, according to a recently published study in BMJ Open. Earlier studies had also hinted at this; however, they couldn’t determine if antidepressant medications cause symptoms of mania and hypomania. The earlier studies focused on several things and not […]

Earlier treatment better for bipolar patients

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

According to a recent study, bipolar disorder (BD) patients have a greater chance of responding to lithium if treatment begins early. The study was led by Lars Vedel Kessing (University of Copenhagen, Denmark), and two definitions were used to describe early treatment. The first was after initial hospital psychiatry contact for a manic episode and […]

Depression has little impact on cognition for early BD patients

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

New research suggests that depressive episodes have little to no additional impact on the cognition of patients diagnosed with early bipolar disorder (BD). The research team included Lakshmi Yatham (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada) and co-workers. A total of 68 patients with first-episode mania and 38 controls were part of this study. The researchers […]

Depression and anxiety common during primary care of bipolar disorder

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

A recent US study has found that anxiety and depression symptoms are common among bipolar disorder (BD) patients receiving primary care. However, only 25% of the people in this cohort study were referred for specialist mental health treatment. The study was done by Joseph Cerimele of the University of Washington, Seattle and his Psychiatric Services […]

Older fathers may increase the risk of ADHD and Autism in children

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

A recent study suggests that children with older fathers may have a greater risk of ADHD and autism, apart from bipolar disorder and other potential psychiatric conditions. These children also had a greater risk of dropping out from school. Brian M. D’Onofrio, PhD, from the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University in […]

More Severe BD Symptoms for Patients with Family History

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

The recently concluded STEP-BD study’s findings show that a family history of mood disorders may be linked to greater severity of symptoms and poor clinical course in bipolar disorder (BD) patients. The Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder (STEP-BD) study involved 2600 patients diagnosed with the mental disorder. The research team included Alessandro Serretti […]

Sleep Deprivation to treat Suicidality in Bipolar Patients

Friday, January 10th, 2014

A recent study suggests that chronotherapy may be a rapid and highly effective treatment option for suicidality in patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Chronotherapy involves light therapy and total sleep deprivation, and the study results suggests a rapid reduction in suicidality in patients due to it. The study was done by Francesco Benedetti and colleagues […]

First Bipolar Episode Predicts Degree of Morbidity

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

The findings from a recent study indicate that analyzing the first manic episode in bipolar disorder patients can predict the degree and type of future morbidity and course of the disease. The study involved analysis of clinical records and life charts from 1081 bipolar patients in Italy. The median follow-up period for the study was […]

BD Patients Have Increased Stroke Risk

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

A study done in Taiwan suggests that bipolar disorder (BD) patients have a higher risk of suffering and/or dying from stroke. The study was led by Tieh-Chi Chung from the Meiho University, Taiwan. According to the researchers, the cause for this association between bipolar disorder and stroke is still not very clear. However, they did […]

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