Influenza In Mom During Pregnancy Linked To Increased Bipolar Risk In Children

  INFLUENZA INFLUENCE Earlier studies looked into possible links between bipolar disorder or schizophrenia and prenatal exposure to the influenza virus. However, a big problem with much of the previous research is that it was based on mothers’ memories of their health during pregnancy—memories that typically are decades old (and thus prone to inaccuracy), given … Read more

The Main Triggers Of Bipolar Disorder

For a person with bipolar disorder, figuring out the triggers for episodes is a big part of dealing with the disease.Environmental stressors are the triggers that turn on genes and the responses they provoke. In this guide, we will look at the most common triggers of bipolar disorder and how you can deal with them. … Read more

FDA Approves New Drug Treatment For Schizophrenia And Bipolar Disorder

The drug Latuda, which was approved in 2010 for treatment in U.S. patients with schizophrenia, has now gained approval by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of depressive episodes in patients with bipolar disorder. The drug will be used either by itself or in conjunction with other medications, such as lithium or valproate. … Read more

Lithium Beats Newer Meds for Bipolar Disorder

Patients taking lithium had lower rates of self-harm and unintentional injury compared to those taking other bipolar drugs, such as valproate (Depacon, Depakote), olanzapine (Zyprexa) or quetiapine (Seroquel), said lead researcher Joseph Hayes. He is a fellow of psychiatry at University College London.”This is important because people with bipolar disorder are 15 times more likely … Read more

5 Ways to Help Your Loved One Who Have Bipolar disorder

1. Educate yourself.  The reams of paper that I printed out and asked him to read. The psychiatric evaluations he witnessed. The group therapy and family sessions he attended. And the conversations with other spouses of persons with bipolar disorder.Education is always the starting point. Because until a spouse or daughter or friend of a … Read more

FDA Approves New Drug To Treat Schizophrenia And Bipolar Disorder

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Vraylar (cariprazine) capsules to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in adults. “Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder can be disabling and can greatly interfere with day-to-day activities,” said Mitchell Mathis, M.D., director of the Division of Psychiatry Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “It is … Read more

6 Triggers That Can Cause a Bipolar Disorder

Types of Bipolar Disorder The main difference between bipolar disorder and other conditions, like depression, is experiencing the overly excited state called mania, says Amit Anand, MD, a professor of medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, vice-chair for research for the Center for Behavioral Health, and director of the Mood and Emotional … Read more

Treating Bipolar Depression With Medications And Therapy

Treatment for bipolar depression has come a long way from the days (not so long ago) when patients were given sedatives and medications with numerous side effects. Today, mood stabilizing drugs are a mainstay treatment for this disorder. Doctors may prescribelithium, an antimanic drug, or an antipsychotic drug — or a combination of both — in order … Read more