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What neurotransmitters play a role in bipolar disorder?

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Noradrenaline and serotonin have been consistently linked to psychiatric mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.

Nerve pathways within areas of the brain that regulate pleasure and emotional reward are regulated by dopamine. Disruption of circuits that communicate using dopamine in other brain areas appears connected to distortions in reality and illogical thought patterns and behaviors.

From: Causes of Bipolar Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

NIMH: What Causes Bipolar Disorder?

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Treatable Causes of Disability: Bipolar."

Bipolar II by Ronald R. Fieve, MD.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2019

SOURCES:

NIMH: What Causes Bipolar Disorder?

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Treatable Causes of Disability: Bipolar."

Bipolar II by Ronald R. Fieve, MD.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2019

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