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June 4, 2024
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Whether Metabolites Play A Role In Bipolar Disorder

June 4, 2024 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Biological Psychiatry looked at a potential causal risk factor for bipolar disorder. “We sought to identify specific metabolites that may play a causal role in bipolar disorder,” study author David Stacey told us. “We hoped that would tell us something about the underlying aetiology while potentially highlighting new lifestyle interventions or drug targets. [More]

June 26, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Women With Postpartum Psychosis Show Altered Brain Connectivity

June 26, 2021 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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Women at increased risk of postpartum psychosis show altered connectivity in networks of the brain responsible for planning, organisation and the completion of short and long-term tasks. Currently, there are no biological markers that identify who will develop postpartum psychosis. But researchers from King’s College London have identified altered connectivity in the brain networks of women with postpartum psychosis, which could pave the way for better identifying women at risk of the condition. [More]

June 1, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks Into Why Lithium Doesn't Work For All Bipolar Disorder Patients

June 1, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that includes depressive and manic episodes. It affects about two per cent of people around the globe. The first line of treatment for bipolar disorder is a drug called lithium. Unfortunately, about 70 per cent of bipolar disorder patients don’t respond to it. A new study looked at whether genes had a role to play in lithium response in bipolar disorder patients. [More]

October 22, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Nearly Half Of Women Surveyed Had Hypomanic Symptoms Following Childbirth

October 22, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Bipolar disorder is a neuroprogressive illness and early detection is vital. One of the most potent triggers for a bipolar episode is childbirth. Unfortunately, research on postpartum bipolar disorder (PPBD) is scarce, however, a new study published in Psychiatry Research found that nearly 50 per cent of postpartum women had hypomanic symptoms. [More]

April 29, 2019
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Growing Up in Poor Neighborhoods Increases Risk of Psychosis-Spectrum Illnesses

April 29, 2019 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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Children who grow up in poor neighbourhoods are at an increased risk of developing a psychosis-spectrum mental illness like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder by the time they reach middle adulthood. Researchers say the finding of the study suggest interventions aimed at improving neighbourhoods and assisting children displaying atypical social characteristics could prevent the conditions from developing. [More]

March 13, 2018
by Tracey Block

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Time change, circadian rhythm and mental illnesses

March 13, 2018 21:17 by Tracey Block  [About the Author]

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Setting the clock ahead an hour in the spring, or back an hour in the fall, is known to make people feel sleepy and cranky while they adjust to the time change. The body's natural circadian rhythm can be briefly--and negatively--impacted by these time changes. And now, researchers are recognizing that jet lag from long distance travel can cause negative effects not only to one's physical--but to one's long-term psychological health. [More]

December 28, 2017
by Tracey Block

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Putting the Spotlight on Mental Illnesses

December 28, 2017 01:43 by Tracey Block  [About the Author]

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Long before movies like "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest" first hit theatres in 1975, films and TV programs have depicted stereotypes of people with mental illnesses, psychiatric wards and the professionals therein. But slowly, the pictures are changing to represent the real people struggling, surviving, and succeeding with mental challenges as part of their daily realities. And so, the Oscar goes to . . . [More]

December 21, 2017
by Tracey Block

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Therapist Heal Thyself

December 21, 2017 01:10 by Tracey Block  [About the Author]

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Would you go to a mental health professional who publicly admits a personal struggle with mental illness? Researchers are finding that as long as the professional is stable, patients are buoyed by a therapist's example of success. Do counsellors with first-hand knowledge of mental illness elicit better results in their patients? [More]