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Bipolar Disorder

Nearly 6 million adults in the U.S. have bipolar disorder, but it's an often misunderstood—and tricky to diagnose—mental illness.

Bipolar Disorder News

  • Bipolar Disorder May Vary Depending on Weight, Eating Disorders

    Bipolar disorder develops differently in obese people and among those who binge eat, a new study finds. Up to 4 percent of Americans have bipolar disorder, a serious mental illness that causes extreme mood swings. [...]

  • Pregnant Women With Bipolar Disorder May Have Higher Risk of Premature Birth

    Women with treated and untreated bipolar disorder are more likely to give birth prematurely — before 37 weeks — and have other pregnancy and birth complications, according to a new study. The study was published online Nov. 8 in the journal BMJ. [...]

  • More Evidence Linking Creativity, Mental Illness

    A large new study adds to evidence linking creativity and mental illness. The findings also suggest that to safeguard the positive traits associated with mental illness, new approaches to treatment might be considered, the researchers said. The investigators looked at long-term data from nearly 1.2 million Swedish psychiatric patients and their relatives, and found that bipolar disorder was more cmmon [...]

  • Study Looks at Deep Brain Stimulation in Bipolar Patients

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 2 (HealthDay News) — A small study suggests that deep brain stimulation, which is currently being investigated as a treatment for general depression, may also help patients with bipolar disorder. There are some caveats. The surgery necessary to allow deep brain stimulation is extremely expensive. And for now, the research [...][...]

  • Even Today, the Stigma of Mental Illness Won't Fade

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 29 (HealthDay News) — People with a mental illness struggle with symptoms ranging from crushing depression and crippling anxiety to powerful delusions and hallucinations that force them to actively sort out the real from the imagined. And if that weren’t enough, they also have to deal with the way the rest [...][...]