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