Treatment needs to focus on fewer antidepressants, more lithium and supportive group education.
Ketamine is effective for those who do not respond to traditional anti-depressants. It also shows promise for the treatment of PTSD and bipolar disorder.
Research shows that ketamine can produce long-term reductions in symptoms of treatment-resistant depression.
Largest study to date finds link between disturbed circadian rhythm and mood disorders.
Mariah Carey recently announced she has bipolar II disorder. Most of us won’t know what that means.
Media portrayals don't help misconceptions about disorders such as bipolar, schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder. So what do these terms actually mean?
Mariah Carey in Inglewood, Calif. on March 24, 2018.
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Bipolar disorder is an often misunderstood psychiatric illness. An expert defines it and explains how it is diagnosed and treated.
Responsiveness to lithium – the gold standard of bipolar treatment – runs in families.
Researchers are developing gene-based tests to better predict who will respond to different types of medication, and which to avoid.
A growing body of scientific evidence is making clear the connection between good nutrition and good mental health.
The largest differences in early death between those with and without mental disorders were for respiratory diseases and alcohol misuse.
Despite efforts to address the issue, the life expectancy gap between those with and without mental illness has remained consistent over two decades. However the causes of death have changed.
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…