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Depression Switch Rate In Bipolar Mania ‘Low’

MedWire News: 24 September 2009

Only a small proportion of bipolar disorder patients switch from mania to depression, say European researchers in findings that suggest atypical antipsychotics may protect against the switch to depression.

Switching in mood polarity in bipolar disorder patients has been identified as a predictor for poor long-term outcomes. However, while the switch from depression to mania has received a great deal of attention, the risk for switching from mania to depression is poorly understood.

Eduard Vieta, from the University of Barcelona, and colleagues therefore examined data from the 2-year, prospective, observational European Mania in Bipolar Longitudinal Evaluation of Medication study on 2390 patients who took part in the maintenance phase of the investigation, which lasted for up to 24 months.


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 Dark Glasses and Kaleidoscopes: Living with Manic Depression
An Educational Video About Bipolar Disorder
The information on the video is narrated by Tony Dow of "Leave it to Beaver", fame.



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Care for Bipolar Is More Costly Than Other Illnesses

Specialty Care Costs For Patients With Bipolar Disorder Are Higher Than Diabetes And Other Chronic Diseases

ScienceDaily   — Mayo Clinic researchers have found that bipolar disorder (BPD) is a more costly chronic condition than diabetes, depression, asthma and coronary artery disease (CAD), based on a review of health care claim costs. Specialty care costs (the costs of seeing any specialist and all tests ordered) were especially higher for bipolar patients.



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BOULDER, Colo.,  -- Family-focused therapy, combined with medication, appeared to stabilize depression symptoms in adolescents with bipolar disorder, a randomized trial found.
Action Points  
  • Explain to interested patients that intense family therapy plus medication helped relieve depression symptoms and improved recovery in bipolar teenagers.

  • Explain that in this formulation, the family intervention had no effect on mania symptoms.

Approximately 90% of bipolar adolescents in two groups (intense family-focused therapy versus less-intense enhanced care) had a full recovery at two years from their original mood episode, David J. Miklowitz, Ph.D., of the University of Colorado, and colleagues reported in the September issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.

However, teens in the family-focused therapy group recovered faster, spent fewer weeks in other depressive episodes, and had a more favorable trajectory of depressive symptoms than those given less intense therapy, the researchers said.

But, they said, neither intervention improved mania symptoms.


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07 Oct 2008    Young adults who had bipolar disorder as children are likely to suffer from manic episodes, according to an article released on October 6, 2008 in Archives of General Psychiatry.

Bipolar disorder is a severe mood disorder that involves episodes of mania and depression. There is significant debate about how pediatric bipolar disorder, which affects children, should be diagnosed. According to the authors, recent increased media attention to this disorder, it is important to explore diagnosis of the disease and any potential ramifications later in life.


Published By  Lindsay
August 05, 2008
For the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

World-renowned Harvard child psychiatrist and director of the research team at Mass General Hospital Dr. Joseph Biederman has been found by Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa to have failed to report millions of dollars he has received over the years from the drug companies that make the drugs he prescribes for ADHD and bipolar disorder. Biederman and his research team are responsible for putting the diagnosis of bipolar disorder, previously thought to start in young adulthood, on children as young as three.



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