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What Is Bipolar Disorder?

What Is Bipolar Disorder?   Terence A. Ketter, MD Bipolar Disorders Clinic, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California Diagnostic Features of Bipolar Disorder Bipolar disorder shares symptoms of depression with unipolar depressive disorder, but is defined by episodes of mania or hypomania. Depression can include affective symptoms such […]

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Bipolar disorder is a leading cause of disability worldwide,1 and the lifetime prevalence of this condition is about 1% in community populations.2 This activity presents highlights from 4 presentations given at the 2011 International Conference on Bipolar Disorder (ICBD), a conference dedicated to sharing research results and clinical experience to help clinicians improve the lives […]

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Efficacy of Agents in Treating Mania   Guidelines for Treating Manic Episodes When the American Psychiatric Association (APA) last revised their guidelines for the treatment of patients with bipolar disorder in 2002,1 the recommended first-line treatment for more severe manic or mixed states was a combination of lithium or valproate and an atypical antipsychotic.

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A Review of Psychotherapeutic Approaches The concept of treatment resistance in bipolar disorder is clinically familiar but lacks a standard definition.1

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Sleep quality may play a role in the course of bipolar disorder, with shorter total sleep time (TST) and increased sleep variability (SV) both associated with symptom severity, conclude a team of US researchers. Previous studies have indicated that bipolar disorder patients have a reduced need for sleep during manic episodes, and either insomnia or […]

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Comorbidity in Bipolar Disorder The Complexity of Diagnosis and Treatment The central tenet of clinical comorbidity, the occurrence of 2 syndromes in the same patient, presupposes that they are distinct categorical entities. By this definition, 2 or more coexisting syndromes do not negate one another, nor paradoxically does this coexistence negate the potential for one […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Therese Borchard 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 […]

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