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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. Balancing Act: A Mother and Her Sons Cope with Bipolar Disorder

      Fran Szabo, 61, of Bethlehem, Pa., is one of those moms who speak glowingly about her kids without sounding like she’s trying to one-up other mothers. All three are successful in their careers and personal lives. But the road to this happiness, Fran acknowledges, was bumpy for her, husband Paul, and

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    7. Tamoxifen May Help Treat Bipolar Mania

      March 3, 2008 -- Tamoxifen, a widely used breast cancer drug, appears to help treat the manic phase of bipolar disorder. Researchers say the discovery should help them come up with even better drugs to treat bipolar patients. In a newly published study from Turkey, roughly half the manic patients wh

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    8. A Blood Test for Mood Disorders?

      Feb. 25, 2008 -- Scientists may be one step closer to creating a blood test for bipolar disorder and other mood disorders. Mood disorders may have blood biomarkers -- chemicals in blood -- that can be detected, new research shows. In a preliminary study, researchers identified 10 biomarkers in blood

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    9. Bipolar Disorder: Handling the Holidays

      The holidays can be a tricky for anyone. But people with bipolar disorder may anticipate November and December holidays with real dread -- and depression. "The holidays can be very hard for people with bipolar disorder," says Raymond L. Crowel, PsyD, vice president for mental health and substance ab

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    10. 1 Decade, 40 Times More Bipolar Kids

      Sept. 4, 2007 -- Today's children and teens are 40 times more likely to have bipolar disorder than were the children of 10 years ago. That's 20 times faster than the growth in diagnoses of adult bipolar disorder over the same decade. Are we only now discovering a huge reservoir of untreated psychiat

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