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James Phelps, MD

James Phelps, MD

James Phelps, MD is Director of the Mood Disorders Program at Samaritan Mental Health in Corvallis, Ore. He is the Bipolar Disorder Section Editor for Psychiatric Times. His Web site, PsychEducation.org, gathers no information on visitors and produces no income for him or others. He is the author of A Spectrum Approach to Mood Disorders: Not Fully Bipolar But Not Unipolar—Practical Management (W.W. Norton & Co; 2016), from which he receives royalties. Dr Phelps stopped accepting honoraria from pharmaceutical companies in 2008.

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What is the possibility that the very illness we’re trying to improve is getting worse—with treatment?

Look how close we are to the ideal: free online bipolar psychotherapy that is as effective as seeing a live therapist.

Is dysphoric hypomania a phase of mania itself? Or does it represent a descent into a mixed state?

A brief overview of the many trials that have asked this weighty question.

Treatments for borderlinity and bipolarity are quite different. What if just 3 items from a standard screening questionnaire could increase your diagnostic certainty by 30%?

Is it time to think outside the light box for treatment of seasonal depression?

A new protocol makes light therapy an option for patients with bipolar depression.

Although recent reviews caution against overenthusiasm, what if a simple, inexpensive, and extremely low-risk anti-inflammatory was at hand?

Several new findings have emerged, one of which comes very close to providing a noninvasive “lab test” for bipolar disorder.

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