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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Many Genes May Affect Bipolar Disorder

    May 8, 2007 -- Bipolar disorder, formerly called manic depression, may be influenced by several genes, a new study shows. The findings may one day lead to new treatments for bipolar disorder. "Treatments that target just a few of these genes or the proteins they make could yield substantial benefits

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  8. Bipolar Illness Widely Underdiagnosed

    May 7, 2007 -- There appear to be almost twice as many Americans with bipolar disorder as previously thought, and many are not getting the treatments they need, researchers from the National Institute of Mental Health report. Once thought of as a single mental illness, bipolar disorder is increasing

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  9. Balancing Bipolar Disorder

    Karen Renken was just 14, but she knew something was terribly wrong. "I was a straight-A student, and suddenly I started failing in school," says Renken, now 45, of Long Island, N.Y. At high school, she would go from enjoying a seemingly normal mood to throwing a tantrum in the hallway. Her teenage

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  10. Intensive Therapy Helps Bipolar

    April 2, 2007 -- Treating bipolar depression with intensive psychotherapy plus medication may be more effective than brief psychotherapy plus medication. That news comes from a study of nearly 300 U.S. adults with bipolar disorder, which is marked by extreme mood shifts from depression to mania. All

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