Hypomania looks very different when it’s mixed with depression.
Chris Aiken, MD
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.
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.
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.
An environmental approach to mania makes it possible to “slow down the sun” and modulate the destabilizing effects of spring sunlight. More in this report.
Lamotrigine’s favorable tolerability is a welcome advance for patients with bipolar disorder. The danger it poses is at the start of treatment, when its mood-lifting effects can easily be waylaid by the eruption of a rash.