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  1. 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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  2. Schizophrenia Drug Approved for Bipolar Mania

    Oct. 4, 2004 -- A drug used to treat schizophrenia may also now be used to treat mania associated with bipolar disorder, according to the FDA. The FDA has approved Abilify to treat acute bipolar mania, including manic and mixed episodes associated with bipolar disorder, also know as manic-depressive

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  3. Geodon Approved for Bipolar Mania Treatment

    Aug. 23, 2004 -- Geodon now has official FDA approval for the treatment of mania in people with bipolar disorder. In 2001, the drug received FDA approval as a treatment for schizophrenia. It's a member of the class of drugs known as atypical antipsychotics. Other drugs of this class -- notably Zypre

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  4. New Drug for Long-Term Bipolar Treatment

    Jan. 15, 2004 -- The FDA has approved Zyprexa to treat bipolar disorder over the long-term. The FDA had previously approved Zyprexa to treat acute episodes of mania associated with bipolar disorder. Now the drug is approved to delay relapse into either mania or depression in patients with bipolar di

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  5. Take Bipolar Disorder Seriously

    Oct. 9, 2003 -- Call it bipolar disorder. Call it manic depression. It's the same thing, and it's a serious mental illness that can lead to substance abuse, violence, and suicide if not treated. But most Americans -- 78% -- don't know even the basics about bipolar disorder, according to a new survey

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  6. Lithium Best to Stop Bipolar Suicide

    Sept. 16, 2003 -- The most widely prescribed mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder in the U.S. is not as effective as lithium for reducing the risk of suicide, new research suggests. In a study that included more than 20,000 bipolar disorder patients, those taking the drug Depakote had a suicide rate

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  7. Bipolar Disorder: Two-Sided Trouble

    At first glance, legendary music producer Phil Spector and Oakland Raiders center Barret Robbins may seem to have little in common, but they both apparently struggle with bipolar disorder. Not that the condition has made the two celebrities behave in the same way. Robbins had reportedly been hospita

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  8. Schizophrenia Drugs Treat Bipolar

    Sept. 18, 2002 -- Two drugs commonly used to treat schizophrenia may also help millions who suffer from the mania and depression caused by bipolar disorder, according to new research. An estimated 3 million Americans suffer from bipolar disorder, previously known as manic depression. The mental illn

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  9. Bipolar Disorder In Kids

    Bipolar Disorder In Kids About 1% of children in the U.S. have bipolar disorder -- extreme changes in mood. Medication helps, but it can't teach children coping skills. Judith Lederman's son tried to jump off a pier in his first suicide attempt. He was 5 years old. "A psychologist said he was just t

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  10. Children With Bipolar Disorder: Medical Fact or Dangerous Fad?

    Oct. 27, 2000 -- A dangerous new trend is on the rise, noted child psychiatrists tell WebMD. Egged on by a batch of popular self-help books, more and more parents are becoming convinced that their children have bipolar disorder -- and even scarier, their doctors are agreeing. Patients with bipolar d

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