Bipolar News

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. ...

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 ...