Bipolar Disorder

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Best of the Blogs Award

tags: Bipolar disorder, manic-depressive illness, mental health, blog awards Wow, my blog was given another award! This time, Living the Scientific Life was recognized by Psych Central as being one of the top ten blogs to go to to read about bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness. The top ten list for bipolar disorder…

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day

tags: suicide, world suicide prevention day, mental health, depression, bipolar disorder Suicide is a major public health issue and accounts for nearly 3% of all deaths worldwide — around the world, one million people will die by suicide this year. But suicide is a taboo subject that many people, regardless of age, sex, socioeconomic status…

tags: researchblogging.org, mental health, suicide, depression, bipolar disorder, SSRIs, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, antidepressants, FDA black-box warning Prozac. Image: Tom Varco After a 2003 report linking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, with increased suicide rates among children and teen agers was published, the use of this class of antidepressants in these age groups has…

tags: researchblogging.org, bipolar disorder, manic-depressive illness, mental health, research Those of you who suffer from bipolar disorder, as I do, will be pleased to learn that some novel treatments are being developed for this illness, thanks to research combined with careful observations.

tags: mental health, bipolar disorder, manic depression, depression, blog carnivals The Mental Health Blog Carnival is now available. They include a piece that I wrote, so be sure to check it out. Incidentally, they are seeking people to host this blog carnival, so if you might be interested, be sure to contact them. After I…

tags: bipolar disorder, manic-depressive illness, mental health, molecular biology Bipolar disorder depends upon small, combined effects from variations in many different brain genes, none of which is powerful enough by itself to cause the disease, according to a new genome-wide study. Despite this revelation, this new study shows that targeting one enzyme produced by one…

tags: bipolar disorder, mania, manic mouse, psychiatric research Some of you, like me, suffer from bipolar disorder or might know someone who does, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to write a little about the creation of a mouse model to study the genetics that are thought to underlie the manic phase of bipolar…

Big Business Is At It Again

If you haven’t read the front page (above the fold) of today’s NY Times, well, take a peek: it’s a rather long story about Eli Lilly’s antipsychotic “wonder drug”, Zyprexa (one of the drugs I am supposed to take but often don’t because of its excruciating expense). Apparently, it causes nearly 1/3 of its users…

Antidepressant Warning

A recent government report tells how antidepressants can actually increase the risk of suicidal behavior for people up to age 24. It plans new warning labels and says users of all ages should be closely monitored.