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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Bipolar Disorder: Managing the Balancing Act

    Most teens spend their time discussing their latest crush with friends, studying for college admission tests, and taking driver's education. Not Robin Molliner. When the 26-year-old California native was 16, she was busy trying to talk car dealers into selling her a new ride -- even though she didn'

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  6. Bipolar Youths May Misread Faces

    May 30, 2006 -- Youths with bipolar disorder bipolar disorder may see hostility in faces that look blank to other people, new research shows. Bipolar disorder used to be called manic-depressive illness. It features extreme mood changes that swing from a restless, and even reckless, euphoria or "high

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  7. Study: Bipolar Kids Often More Creative

    Nov. 14, 2005 -- Children with or at risk for bipolar disorder may be more creative than other, healthy children, according to a new study. Researchers found that a small group of children of bipolar parents scored significantly higher on a creativity index than other children. They say the findings

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  8. Daily Routine May Help Bipolar Disorder

    Sept. 8, 2005 -- Most of us function better when we maintain a regular daily routine, but for people with bipolar disorder, routine may make a big difference in recovery. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine report that bipolar patients fared better when their treatment s

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  9. Bipolar Disorder: More Common Than Expected?

    June 17, 2005 -- A new study says that bipolar disorder, while still rare, may be more common than previously thought. Face-to-face interviews with more than 9,200 U.S. adults showed that 4.3% had symptoms of bipolar disorder or related syndromes, say the researchers, who included Ronald Kessler, Ph

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  10. New Brain Scan May Diagnose Bipolar Disorder

    Nov. 30, 2004 (Chicago) -- Researchers using a special type of imaging that tracks brain chemicals are able to produce a "chemical fingerprint of bipolar disorder," a development that may lead to earlier diagnosis and aid in treatment. If the results of this initial study are confirmed in larger tri

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