Long-term treatment with lithium has improved memory and learning in rats.
Lithium is present naturally in many water systems and was once considered an elixir. It has long been used to treat bipolar disorder, but researchers have also started exploring its role in dementia.
Bradley Cooper’s character in Silver Linings Playbook had bipolar disorder.
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One person with a given diagnosis can be entirely different, symptomatically speaking, from another with the same diagnosis.
The evidence so far suggests off-label prescribing for insomnia places users at unnecessary risk of harm.
Quetiapine, sold under the brand name Seroquel, is a short-acting antipsychotic drug to treat major mental illnesses. It has also been increasingly prescribed off-label for insomnia.
Gender is a an important determinant of mental health.
Gender is important in defining susceptibility and exposure to a number of mental health risks. Gender can also explain differences in mental health outcomes.
The physical health of people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder is often overshadowed by their mental health issues.
It's time we saw past the mental illness in people living with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder to check their physical health too. Here's why.
An electroconvulsive therapy machine is seen at an exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London in 2012.
Critics have portrayed ECT as a form of medical abuse. Yet many psychiatrists, and more importantly, patients, consider it to be safe and effective. Few medical treatments have such disparate images.
Show me the evidence.
NICE recommends psychotherapy for treating schizophrenia and bipolar disorder,
despite a lack of high quality evidence to show that they're effective.
Finding someone close who can keep and eye on you.
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Decisions to stop taking medication are typically regarded by mental health professionals as being due to 'lack of insight' but some are trying other strategies.
The idea of a common biological cause for the association between psychological distress and creativity is clearly an attractive one.
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Researchers have suggested a new theory for why neurotic unhappiness and creativity are often found in the same person. But is the assumption that creative people are more neurotic actually true?
Accurate perception of emotional information is crucial for social communication.
Social communication requires us to integrate information from all our senses. But it seems the systems that govern different emotion perception skills may be impaired in people with bipolar disorder.
Experiences in real-time.
People with bipolar use more cannabis than others with mental health problems, but what do they think about its effects?
Disclosing mental illness in the office can be difficult. But it doesn’t need to be.
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Deciding to disclose information about a non-obvious disability at work is complicated and potentially risky, no matter what you do for a living. For people with a mental health issue, like bipolar disorder…
You may find yourself talking to a therapist who is completely inappropriate to your needs.
People seeking therapy should always talk to a practitioner who provides good quality treatment that’s appropriate to their needs. Because research shows that even the innocuous-sounding “talking therapies…
A new mobile phone application may help detect mood swings in people with bipolar disorder. Led by Zahi Karam, a pilot study…
Too simplistic to predict suicidal tendency.
A new study has suggested that it may be possible to develop blood tests for suicide by identifying biomarkers in the blood. Although it has its limitations, the study is an important step towards a more…
Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression share common genetic variations, a new study has found.
Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression share common genetic variations, a new study has found, with researchers saying…
Feeling fruity: the amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum forms ‘fruiting bodies’
Many therapeutic drugs and toxins affect us without us knowing exactly how. We know, for example, that Epilim, or sodium valproate, one of the most highly prescribed medicines for epilepsy can prevent…
New research could help reclassify common psychiatric disorders that are related to the brain.
Scientists have linked common genetic markers with major psychiatric disorders including autism and schizophrenia, in the…
Bradley Cooper as Pat Solitano in Silver Linings Playbook.
From Psycho onward, film portrayals of the mentally ill have contributed to the stigma faced by people with these conditions. Films tend to create and reinforce stereotypes of the mentally ill as “homicidal…
An example of an emotional face shown to the study subjects.
The brains of people with a family history of bipolar disorder but no symptoms react differently when shown emotive faces…