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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. Antidepressants Don't Help Bipolar

      March 28, 2007 -- Adding antidepressants to mood-stabilizing drugs may not help -- or hurt -- the treatment of bipolar depression, the depressive phase of bipolar disorder. Researchers report that news online in The New England Journal of Medicine. They included Gary Sachs, MD, of Massachusetts Gene

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    7. Body Clock May Affect Bipolar Mania

      March 19, 2007 -- Mania in bipolar illness may be tied to a mutation in a "body clock" gene, a new study shows. Bipolar disorder, formerly called manic depression, is marked by two starkly different phases -- the manic phase and the depressive phase. Symptoms of the manic phase may include unusually

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    8. Antidepressants Risky for Bipolar II?

      March 15, 2007 -- There is widespread concern that antidepressants may increase suicide risk, but an Italian psychiatric disorders expert says this may only be true when the drugs are used incorrectly. In an essay appearing March 17 in The Lancet, Franco Benazzi, MD, PhD, writes about a common but p

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    9. Seroquel OK'd for Bipolar Depression

      Oct. 20, 2006 -- The FDA has approved the antipsychotic drug Seroquel to treat bipolar depression. Seroquel was already approved to treat the manic phases of bipolar disorder (formerly called manic-depressive illness). It had also been approved for the treatment of schizophrenia . The FDA's action m

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    10. Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

      Rep. Patrick Kennedy's release from drug rehab puts a spotlight on people who suffer from a trying combination of health problems: substance abuse and a mental health disorder. Kennedy -- the son of Sen. Edward Kennedy -- checked into a rehab clinic in May 2006 after a car accident near the U.S. Cap

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