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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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