Bipolar News

Brain Activity of Bipolar Kids May Suggest Treatment Approaches

June 20th, 2014
New research suggests children diagnosed with bipolar disorder have greater activation in the right amygdala -- a brain region very important for emotional reaction -- than bipolar adults when viewing emotional faces. This finding suggests to the authors that bipolar children might benefit ...

Abnormal Hormone Level Can Increase Depression in Bipolar Disorder

June 19th, 2014
New research suggests depression is almost twice as common, and poor quality of life almost five times as common, in people with bipolar disorder who have elevated or low levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the blood. Researchers at Umeå University, Sweden, ...

Pathological Gambling May Run in Families

June 18th, 2014
In a new study, University of Iowa (UI) investigators found that pathological gambling runs in families, with first-degree relatives of pathological gamblers eight times more likely to develop this problem in their lifetime than relatives of people without pathological gambling. "Our work clearly ...

Kids of Bipolar Parents May Display Risky Sexual Behavior

June 11th, 2014
Kids of Bipolar Parents May Display Risky Sexual BehaviorBipolar disorder (BD) is a serious psychological disorder known for its dramatic mood shifts that range from the lows of depression to the highs of mania. The ...

Disrupted Attention Networks Tied to Mental Illness Risk in Kids

June 6th, 2014
Disrupted Attention Networks Tied to Mental Illness Risk in KidsNew research finds that children at risk for mental disorders often display a breakdown of brain networks that support attention. Moreover, Wayne State University researchers believe ...

Smartphone App for Bipolar Detects Early Mood Changes

May 9th, 2014
Smartphone App for Bipolar Detects Early Mood ChangesA new smartphone app may be able to give bipolar patients and their health care providers an early warning before mood swings, according to new research from ...

Weighing Studies on Link Between Mental Disorders, Heart Risk

May 4th, 2014
Weighing Studies on Link Between Mental Disorders, Heart RiskRecent research suggests that a range of different mental disorders may be linked to a higher risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD). CHD involves a ...

Crime Rarely Associated with Mental Illness

April 22nd, 2014
Crime Rarely Associated with Mental Illness Despite high-profile crimes associated with mentally ill suspects such as the school shootings in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, new research discovers less than 10 percent of crimes are directly ...

Cancer Survival Rates Low for Those With Serious Mental Illness

April 5th, 2014
Cancer Survival Rates Low for Those With Serious Mental IllnessIndividuals with severe mental illness are less likely to survive cancer than those without a mental disorder, according to a new study by King’s College ...

Risk for Bipolar Disorder Linked with Creativity

March 28th, 2014
Risk for Bipolar Disorder Linked with Creativity A new study suggests that inspiration, or the idea to spawn creative works, is associated with people at higher risk of developing bipolar disorder. Researchers from Lancaster University ...