The biological clock is set by daily cycles of light and darkness, and regulation of these cycles is a promising avenue of prevention in bipolar disorder. That is exactly what we’re not doing.
Chris Aiken, MD
A 10-year study of over a thousand patients finds that nitrate-cured meats may play a causative role in mania. Hot dogs and bacon may be next.
Hypomania looks very different when it’s mixed with depression.
Hypomania is critical to rule out, but hard to pin down. In part 1 of this 2-part series, Dr. Aiken shares his top pearls for making the diagnosis.
Clinical features that guide the selection.
The author shines a light on a preventative treatment for both children and adults.
The first clinical trial of probiotics in bipolar disorder is out, and the results look promising.
In children who have a first-degree relative with bipolar disorder, the severity of symptoms predicts whether they will transition to the illness.
Regardless of the symptoms that a child presents with, careful monitoring for hypomania is needed if the problems are significant and the parent has bipolar disorder.
DSM focuses on the difference between Bipolar I and II. But there’s another way to categorize the illness that may have more relevance to treatment.