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  1. Genetic Pattern for Schizophrenia Found

    July 1, 2009 -- A vast number of common gene variants come together in a perfect storm to increase risk of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, new studies reveal. Because schizophrenia tends to run in families, researchers have long sought a "schizophrenia gene." But scientists now realize that most

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  2. Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder: Gene Link?

    Jan. 15, 2009 -- The largest study ever to track bipolar disorder and schizophrenia within families offers evidence that the two psychiatric disorders share a common genetic cause. For more than a century the psychiatric community has debated whether schizophrenia and bipolar disorder were two disti

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  3. Bipolar Kids Suffer as Adults, Too

    Oct. 6, 2008 -- Children who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder can continue to suffer from the disease as they develop into young adults. That's according to a new study by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, which was published in the October issue of Archives of General Psychiatry

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  4. Bipolar Risk for Kids Born to Older Dads

    Sept. 2, 2008 -- A new study suggests that children born from older fathers are at increased risk of developing bipolar disorder. Earlier research has shown a link between older paternal age and risk for autism and schizophrenia. The new findings appear in the September issue of Archives of Psychiat

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  5. Bipolar Romantic Relationships: Dating and Marriage

    Navigating any romantic relationship -- whether it's dating or marriage -- can be a tricky endeavor. Add bipolar disorder with its roller-coaster ride of emotions into the mix, and relationships become even more challenging. When Jim McNulty, 58, of Burrillville, Rhode Island, got married in the 197

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  6. 8 Myths About Bipolar Disorder

    Because of increased awareness and diagnosis, more people than ever before have a basic understanding of bipolar disorder, the condition formally known as manic depression. Yet myths persist about this mental disorder that causes mood shifts from depression to mania and affects a person's energy and

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  7. Bipolar Disorder: Tips for Family and Friends

    Ongoing treatment -- both psychotherapy and medication -- is essential to controlling the mood swings of bipolar disorder. How can family members help their loved one stick with treatment? "Learn as much as you can about the disease," says Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, professor of psychiatry at John H

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  8. When Bipolar Mania Gets Out of Control

    There's no denying the exhilaration that mania brings. For many with bipolar disorder, there's a period of denial -- a disbelief that the wonderful surge of energy and euphoria marks a disease that truly needs treatment. "Mania is a fascinating thing ... it's the brain creating its own hormonal high

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  9. At-Home Bipolar Disorder Test: Help or Hindrance?

    An at-home bipolar test, launched in February 2008 and sold over the Internet, is meant to be used with a doctor's evaluation to make a correct diagnosis of bipolar disorder more quickly. "Sales continue to be brisk," says Kurt May, CEO and founder of Psynomics Inc., the San Diego-based company prod

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  10. Bipolar Disorder Overdiagnosed?

    May 6, 2008 (Washington) -- Many people who have been told by their doctors that they have bipolar disorder don't really have it. So say researchers who used a standardized, comprehensive, psychiatric diagnostic interview to evaluate 700 adult psychiatric outpatients. About 20% had previously been d

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