Bipolar News

Study Probes Neuroscience of Bipolar Risk-Taking

November 10th, 2014
Researchers are beginning to discover some of the reasons why bipolar disorder can cause people to engage in risky behavior. The condition involves fluctuating depression and mania. In the manic stage, the patient often feels intense excitement and irritability, which can trigger ...

Bipolar Disorder May Hike Risk of Premature Birth

November 4th, 2014
New research suggests women who have been hospitalized for bipolar disorder are nearly twice as likely to have premature babies compared to women without a history of mental illness. Investigators from Women's College Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), both ...

Ketamine Used to Counter Loss of Pleasure in Bipolar Depression

November 1st, 2014
Ketamine, recently the focus of research as a rapid-acting antidepressant that can ease symptoms within hours instead of weeks, is now being studied as a fast-acting mood-lifter to treat bipolar patients. In a National Institutes of Health (NIH) trial, the drug -- sometimes referred to ...

Sleep Disorders Often Missed in Toddlers With Psychiatric Disorders

October 26th, 2014
A new study has found that sleep difficulties, especially problems with falling asleep, are very common among toddlers and preschoolers treated for psychiatric disorders. These sleep difficulties are often underdiagnosed in children with behavioral and emotional issues, yet can greatly affect well-being, according ...

Social Media Can Connect Those with Severe Mental Illness

October 20th, 2014
People with severe mental health issues are willing to go online and share stories to provide support for others with similar conditions. Researchers found people with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or bipolar disorder are comfortable using a social media website like YouTube to provide ...

Birth Season May Be Tied to Temperament

October 20th, 2014
A new European study suggests that the season you are born has a significant impact on your risk of developing mood disorders. Researchers from Budapest, Hungary, believe their findings show that people born at certain times of year may have a greater chance ...

Pregnant Women with Psychosis Need Higher Drug Dosage

October 11th, 2014
Although the newer generation of antipsychotic drugs, or neuroleptics, have fewer negative side effects than the older generations, a new study has found that higher doses are needed during pregnancy to maintain a therapeutic effect. Researchers from the University Department of Paediatrics and ...

Survey Finds Promise in Yoga for Bipolar Disorder

September 18th, 2014
A new survey takes the first steps toward assessing the value of yoga for people with bipolar disorder (BD). As reported in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice,  the survey finds generally positive results, with a few exceptions. “There is no scientific literature on hatha yoga ...

Mental Illness Diagnosis Puts Family Members at Emotional Risk

September 16th, 2014
When a family member receives a diagnosis of a mental illness, there is an emotional cost, often in the form of anxiety, that is often felt by family caregivers. In a new study, researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Nursing found ...

Confusion On Awakening Called New Sleep Disorder

August 27th, 2014
A new study suggests a disorder called "sleep drunkenness" may affect one in every seven people. Sleep drunkenness occurs when, during or following arousals from sleep, peoples are confused or perform inappropriate behavior, such as answering the phone instead of turning off the alarm. ...