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Role of Vitamins in Mood Disorders




June 14 2010 - Mood disorders are also called affective disorders. Mood disorders have a major economic impact through associated health care costs as well as lost work productivity. A mood is an emotion or feeling that lasts a long time. Moods affect how we act. Your mood also affects how you feel about yourself and life in general. Mood disorder problems may be caused by changes in your life. Chemical changes in your body can also cause a mood disorder. Moods range from feeling sad to feeling happy. Women who have a mood disorder are more likely to get depressed than men. Signs and symptoms of mood disorder start very slowly. Other people may see changes before you see or feel them. However, sometimes depression can occur due to another disorder or as a drug side effect, and in these cases it is known as secondary depression. The effects of exercise in improving the symptoms of depression are well-documented. Inadequate intake of zinc, vitamin B6, iodine, vitamin B12 and folic acid during early life may impair nervous system development and permanently alter function and behavior.

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Psychiatrist Calls For More Research Into Combination Treatments

 

June 24, 2010 - Better treatment for people with bipolar disease and other mental illnesses is likely to come from properly tested combinations of existing therapies, according to leading psychiatry researcher Professor John Geddes.

New research led by Professor Geddes at Oxford University has revealed that bipolar disorder - suffered by 1 in 100 people including Stephen Fry and actress Carrie Fisher - is optimally treated by a combination of lithium and sodium valproate.

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More Harsh Reality: Aging Fathers and Bipolar Children




By Peter D. Kramer
 
 Like depression, bipolar disorder has been romanticized as an affliction that confers hidden benefits. It may, but evidence is accumulating that suggests manic-depression results from the sorts of genetic disruption that contribute to other severe afflictions, such as schizophrenia and autism.

Readers of this blog may recall that schizophrenia and autism have been linked to “de novo” mutations [1], new abnormal genes that develop in the parent’s sperm line and have not passed a Darwinian, evolutionary test [2] of fitness. The amino acid sequences are simply disrupted. Readers who have looked at yet earlier columns will recall that problems in gene regulation — epigenetic “scarring” [2] — can also give rise to mental illness. Scientists are now suggesting [3] that both of these mechanisms, new mutations and gene dysregulation, may be implicated in bipolar disorder.

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In Schizophrenia And Bipolar Disorder, Life Is Not Black And White



  Feb, 05, 2010  

Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder affect tens of millions of individuals around the world. These disorders have a typical onset in the early twenties and in most cases have a chronic or recurring course. Neither disorder has an objective biological marker than can be used to make diagnoses or to guide treatment.

Findings in Biological Psychiatry, published by Elsevier suggest that electroretinography (ERG), a specialized measure of retinal function might be a useful biomarker of risk for these disorders, and retinal deficits may contribute to the perceptual problems associated with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

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Fasten Your Seat belts! The Roller coaster Ride of Manic Depression



by Therese J Borchard

In my post, "Grateful and Depressed? You Can Be Both," I explained that I have been in a depressive cycle for about nine months. Able to function. Most people probably couldn't tell, assuming my smile was genuine. But looming over every event, moment, situation was that longing to be on the other side of life (i.e. death), desperate for a relief of some kind for the chronic pain. Although I had lots of good days--even some weeks--I mostly woke up with that familiar nausea and dread you feel when you've fallen into the black abyss.

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I was asked by Diana Keough of ShareWIK.com to write about the topic of living with bipolar without letting my mood disorder define me. You can get to her blog post by clicking here.

"A label is a mask life wears," writes Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., one of the first pioneers in the mind, body, health field. "Labeling sets up an expectation of life that is often so compelling we can no longer see things as they really are ... In my experience, a diagnosis is an opinion and not a prediction. What would it be like if more people allowed for the presence of the unknown, and accepted the words of their medical experts in the same way? The diagnosis is cancer. What that will mean remains to be seen."

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