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    1. Anesthetic Shows Promise for Bipolar Disorder

      Aug. 2, 2010 -- Patients with bipolar disorder who failed to find relief from their depression with other standard treatments experienced fast-acting relief from a single intravenous (IV) dose of a drug called ketamine, according to a new, small study. Researchers at the National Institute of Mental

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    2. Bipolar Disorder Misdiagnosed as Depression

      June 1, 2010 (New Orleans) -- About one in three people diagnosed with major depression may actually have bipolar disorder, researchers report. Five characteristics, including extreme mood swings and psychiatric symptoms at a young age, may help pinpoint which patients actually have bipolar disorder

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    3. Many Bipolar Patients Face Other Conditions, Too

      May 26, 2010 (New Orleans) -- People with bipolar disorder are two to four times as likely as people without the disorder to suffer from various skin conditions, including psoriasis and eczema, researchers report. They're also 2.6 times more likely to have hypothyroidism, 2.3 times more likely to ha

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    4. Epilepsy Drugs for Bipolar Disorder: Fewer Suicides?

      Dec. 8, 2009 -- Last January, the FDA warned of increased suicide risk among patients treated with epilepsy drugs. But a new study finds fewer suicide attempts in patients with bipolar disorder. Even though an outside panel of experts confirmed the link between suicide and treatment of bipolar disor

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    5. FDA OKs New Schizophrenia, Bipolar Drug

      Aug. 14, 2009 -- The FDA has approved a new drug called Saphris to treat schizophrenia and bipolar I disorder in adults. "Mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder can be devastating to patients and families, requiring lifelong treatment and therapy," Thomas Laughren, MD, director of

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    6. Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder: Gene Link?

      Jan. 15, 2009 -- The largest study ever to track bipolar disorder and schizophrenia within families offers evidence that the two psychiatric disorders share a common genetic cause. For more than a century the psychiatric community has debated whether schizophrenia and bipolar disorder were two disti

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    7. Bipolar Kids Suffer as Adults, Too

      Oct. 6, 2008 -- Children who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder can continue to suffer from the disease as they develop into young adults. That's according to a new study by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, which was published in the October issue of Archives of General Psychiatry

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    8. Bipolar Risk for Kids Born to Older Dads

      Sept. 2, 2008 -- A new study suggests that children born from older fathers are at increased risk of developing bipolar disorder. Earlier research has shown a link between older paternal age and risk for autism and schizophrenia. The new findings appear in the September issue of Archives of Psychiat

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    9. 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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    10. 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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