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Bipolar Disorder

“Switching” of Mood From Depression to Mania

Pathological shifts of mood and behavior may represent adverse drug actions or a manifestation of undiagnosed bipolar disorder.

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Bipolar Disorder

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What accounts for the legendary creativity of patients with bipolar disorder? Long assumed to be an effect of the manic phase, it may have as much to do with heightened sensory capacities, according to a new report.

Both emotional assessments using mood scales and functional MRI are helping to define the ways in which mood regulation and perception are disturbed in the affective states of bipolar disorder.

Mood disorders in older adults are neither inevitable nor particularly resistant to treatment. With attention to the special needs of older patients during evaluation, treatment, and follow up, clinicians can help many patients derive greater enjoyment from their later years.

The authors emphasize the importance of risk and protective factors and risk prediction models; analyze the growing evidence base for preventive interventions; and describe the concept of mental health promotion.

Several recent studies show an association between influenza during pregnancy and risk of bipolar -- particularly bipolar psychosis.

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