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Bipolar Disorder and Sleep Problems



Changes in sleep that last for more than two weeks or interfere with your life can point to an underlying condition. Of course, many things may contribute to sleep problems. Here's what you need to know about the many connections between bipolar disorder and sleep, and what you can do to improve your sleep.

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Differentiating bipolar disorder from borderline personality disorder

Borderline personality disorder is a condition in which people can very easily become angry and upset in response to stresses -- especially stresses involving relationships. Borderline personality disorder also can involve periods of feeling suicidal, not so much out of clinical depression but as an expression of distress. Moodswings, and trouble managing extreme mood states, are hallmark features of borderline personality disorder, although sudden or abrupt moodswings are not part of the definition of bipolar disorder.

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The Junior Research Bipolar Foundation

Turning the Corner on Treatment

Ten years of JBRF-supported research has turned an important corner, both for families that suffer with bipolar disorder and for psychiatric research in general.  Quite simply, this line of research has:

  • Defined a specific syndrome based on heritable features (which indicate genetic causation rather than environmental influences).
  • Delineated a hypothesis of the underlying biology which can account for the entire symptom profile and identified a likely biomarker for the condition which will make a “test” possible.
  • Suggested a treatment approach based on that hypothesis which, in preliminary trials, has reversed the symptoms of the condition in a sustained manner. 

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Bipolar disorder and substance abuse: Overcome the challenges of ‘dual diagnosis’ patients

Birds of a feather
Integrated clinical management
Bryan K. Tolliver, MD, PhD 

Assistant professor, Clinical neuroscience division, Department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC 

Discuss this article at http://currentpsychiatry.blogspot.com/2010/08/bipolar-disorder-and-substance-abuse.html#comments

After testing positive for cocaine on a recent court-mandated urine drug screen, Mr. M, age 49, is referred by his parole officer for psychiatric and substance abuse treatment. Mr. M has bipolar I disorder and alcohol, cocaine, and opioid dependence. He says he has been hospitalized or incarcerated at least once each year for the past 22 years. Mr. M has seen numerous psychiatrists as an outpatient, but rarely for more than 2 to 3 months and has not taken any psychotropics for more than 5 months.

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Single MRI Scan 'Could Help Diagnose Bipolar Disorder

 

June 24, 2010   A single MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan may soon help hundreds of thousands of people with bipolar disorder to get a faster, more accurate - and possibly life-saving - diagnosis, a leading researcher reported at the Royal College of Psychiatrists' International Congress.

Professor Mary Phillips, professor of psychiatry and director of the Clinical and Translational Affective Neurosicence Program at the University of Pittsburgh, told the Congress that missed and delayed diagnosis was a major problem with bipolar disorder.

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July 2010 Browse Archive: Go

MedWire News: Bipolar disorder patients with atypical features of illness, such as psychotic symptoms and rapid cycling, are more likely than other patients to relapse while on long-term treatment with mood stabilizers, study results show.

"Our findings should prompt physicians to reassess response to lithium in patients with atypical features regularly and, if necessary, to modify treatment - for instance, by adding anticonvulsants to lithium after an inadequate treatment response has been realized," comment Andrea Pfennig (Dresden University of Technology, Germany) and colleagues in the journal Bipolar Disorders.

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    Instructions: You might reproduce this scale (use the print option at the upper left had corner of this post )and use it on a weekly basis to track your moods. It also might be used to show your doctor how your symptoms have changed from one visit to the next. Changes of five or more points are significant. This scale is not designed to make a diagnosis of mania or take the place of a professional diagnosis. If you suspect that you are manic, please consult with a mental health professional as soon as possible.
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