Bipolar News

Severe Mental Illness Ups Risk for Substance Abuse

January 6th, 2014
Severe Mental Illness Ups Risk for Substance Abuse  A new study finds substance abuse is higher among individuals with severe mental illness. Researchers discovered people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and similar conditions have a ...

Family Bipolar History Can Mean Earlier, More Severe Symptoms

January 3rd, 2014
Family Bipolar History Can Mean Earlier, More Severe SymptomsFor people with bipolar disorder, having a family history of mood disorders often translates into greater symptom severity with an earlier onset, according to a new ...

Rates of Alcohol, Tobacco, Drug Use Far Higher in Severely Mentally ill

January 3rd, 2014
Rates of Alcohol, Tobacco, Drug Use Far Higher in Severely Mentally ill  New research has found that rates of smoking, drinking and drug use are significantly higher among people who have psychotic disorders than ...

Blurred Lines Between Schizophrenia, Bipolar Biology

December 30th, 2013
Blurred Lines Between Schizophrenia, Bipolar BiologySchizophrenia and bipolar disorder share a common biology, according to new findings published in the American Journal of Psychiatry. For nearly a century, the two separate diagnoses of schizophrenia and ...

Study Finds Antidepressants Don’t Work for Bipolar Disorder

December 27th, 2013
Study Finds Antidepressants Don't Work for Bipolar DisorderSome studies and treatment guidelines suggest that antidepressant treatment for bipolar disorder can trigger or increase mania, while others recommend short-term antidepressant treatment and then early discontinuation. New Chinese ...

Bipolar Often Preceded by Mood Changes, Sleep Problems

December 21st, 2013
Bipolar Often Preceded by Mood Changes, Sleep Problems An unsteady mood and sleeping problems often occur just before the onset of both bipolar disorder type I and bipolar disorder type II, according to a ...

Antibodies in GI Tract Linked to Greater Risk for Bipolar Illness

December 14th, 2013
Antibodies in GI Tract Linked to Greater Risk for Bipolar IllnessA new study reveals that the gastrointestinal (GI) tract may be the starting point for the inflammation problems found in bipolar disorder, suggesting the importance ...

Harvard: Marijuana Doesn’t Cause Schizophrenia

December 10th, 2013
Harvard: Marijuana Doesn't Cause SchizophreniaGood news for people who've worried that smoking too much marijuana (cannabis) -- especially as a teenager -- might lead to some dramatic problems in the future, even schizophrenia. New research ...

Modafinil + Anti-Depressants = Better Relief

November 29th, 2013
Modafinil + Anti-Depressants = Better Relief A new review study suggests combining a drug taken for sleep disorders with prescribed antidepressants can reduce the severity of depression more effectively than taking antidepressants alone. The drug ...

Depression Often Turns to Bipolar Illness After Childbirth

November 10th, 2013
Depression Often Turns to Bipolar Illness After ChildbirthWomen who suffer from depression before pregnancy should be monitored for manic symptoms—traits of bipolar disorder—during the postpartum period, according to new research published in the journal Bipolar ...