Mood Disorders

Valproic Acid: Its Role in Bipolar Disorder

June 16, 2020

Valproate/divalproex appears to be considerably overused in the US; the use of lithium, second-generation antipsychotics, and carbamazepine should be more prominent in treatment decisions for patients with bipolar mania.

A Novel Approach to Contact Tracing

June 11, 2020

COVID-19 has spurred many changes leading to wider adoption of various technologies to support public health efforts. But even data collected for the greater good can have unintended negative or punitive consequences.

Should I Stay or Should I Go: IMGs and the US Health Care System During COVID-19

June 03, 2020

Frontline residents and fellows complain of “being forced to work harder than I can handle,” “being pushed to my limits,” “no availability of PPEs,” etc.

Celebrating Progress, but Challenges Remain

January 30, 2020

With their early age of onset, high prevalence, chronicity, and pervasive impact on multiple domains of functioning, the burden of mood disorders exceeds that of virtually all medical conditions in the US and globally in terms of disability, cost, and suffering.

Clinical Updates From Bipolar Telehealth

December 31, 2019

There appears to be some confusion regarding the efficacy of aripiprazole in bipolar mania and depression and for preventing bipolar episodes.

Mania and Hypomania: The Latest Thinking on Duration of Episodes and Other Features

October 29, 2019

An international task force of experts in the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder was recently convened to address concerns about DSM-5 criteria, particularly the definitions of manic episodes. The DSM’s duration criteria is an area of concern.

Mixed Features, Suicide, and Adolescents at Risk

September 26, 2019

Assessment of suicidal risk in adolescents is a solemn professional obligation that involves obtaining as much information as possible from family members or caregivers. Evaluation of mood disorders is an essential part of the assessment.

ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, or Borderline Personality Disorder

October 30, 2018

ADHD can present with symptoms such as irritability, mood lability, low frustration tolerance and low self-esteem, making it easily confused with mood disorders and personality disorders.

Pop Quiz: Delirium, Mania, and Psychosis

August 23, 2018

Which medical condition-characterized by the rapid onset of delirium, mania, and psychosis-is linked with bipolar disorder? Take the 5-question quiz and learn more.

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire

May 31, 2018

The impetus to consider inflammation as potentially relevant to the pathoetiology of domain-based psychopathology (eg, anhedonia) and/or mental disorders, is provided by a confluence of factors discussed here.