Bipolar News

More Genes Implicated in Bipolar Disorder

August 26th, 2014
A newly discovered gene linked with an enzyme that helps to conduct neural signals is the latest piece found of the genetic puzzle of bipolar disorder. The condition, also known as manic-depressive illness, appears to be influenced by at least five areas of ...

Study Finds Veterans Mostly Satisfied with VA Mental Health Care

August 21st, 2014
Despite recent allegations of misconduct and uproar over delays to obtaining care, a new RAND Corporation study finds U.S. veterans are generally satisfied with the mental health care they receive from the Veterans Health Administration (VA). However, the study, conducted in 2008 and 2009, found ...

New Brain Stimulation Technique May Provide Rapid Depression Relief

July 24th, 2014
Brain stimulation treatments are often used to treat depression. However, protocols of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), often have a delayed onset -- similar to depressant medications. For example, a patient may receive several weeks of regular ECT treatments ...

Neuroscience to Explain Psychotherapy Modus Operandi

July 21st, 2014
Despite tremendous advances in psychological care, researchers are still uncertain as to the mechanism by which psychotherapy influences the brain and improves a person’s condition. This knowledge gap may narrowing as a new study by University of California, Los Angeles ...

Neuroscience Discovery May Accelerate Brain Research

July 11th, 2014
Researchers have determined that the human brain operates much the same whether active or at rest. Experts believe this finding will provide a better understanding of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other serious mental health conditions that afflict an estimated 13.6 million Americans. Poor ...

Imaging Shows Bipolar Link to Risk-taking

July 10th, 2014
Emerging research shows that brain circuits associated with pursuing and savoring rewarding experiences are more strongly activated in people with bipolar disorders. University of Manchester researchers believe this explains why individuals with bipolar disorder often engage in risky behavior. Researchers used brain imaging techniques ...

Can Mobile Technology Transform Psychiatric Care?

July 2nd, 2014
A new smartphone application could potentially transform how patients with mental illnesses are monitored and treated by clinicians. Uri Nevo, Ph.D., and a team of scientists from Tel Aviv University developed a system that detects changes in patients' behavioral patterns, and then transmits them ...

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 ...