Daily Archives: July 6, 2016

Intensive Psychotherapy More Effective Than Brief Therapy for Treating Bipolar Depression

Patients taking medications to treat bipolar disorder are more likely to get well faster and stay well if they receive intensive psychotherapy, according to results from the Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder (STEP-BD), funded by the National Institutes … Continue reading

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Depression poem

Your annoyed when I’m too happy Your bothered when I’m too sad As much as I want to tell you I know you don’t understand When I’m this way you can never know Because of the views you hold All … Continue reading

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Bipolar Spectrum Disorder May Be Underrecognized and Improperly Treated

A new study supports earlier estimates of the prevalence of bipolar disorder in the U.S. population, and suggests the illness may be more accurately characterized as a spectrum disorder. It also finds that many people with the illness are not … Continue reading

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Light Switches Brain Pathway On-and-Off to Dissect How Anxiety Works

Scientists, for the first time, have switched anxiety on-and-off in active animals by shining light at a brain pathway. Instinctively reclusive mice suddenly began exploring normally forbidding open spaces when a blue laser activated the pathway – and retreated into … Continue reading

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Brain Imaging Predicts Psychotherapy Success in Patients with Social Anxiety Disorder

February 1, 2013 • Science Update Treatment for social anxiety disorder or social phobia has entered the personalized medicine arena—brain imaging can provide neuromarkers to predict whether traditional options such as cognitive behavioral therapy will work for a particular patient, … Continue reading

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Pilot Study Will Test New Treatment to Reduce Self-Harm in Borderline Personality Disorder

NIMH recently funded Kim Gratz, Ph.D., University of Mississippi Medical Center, and colleagues to continue to test a new group therapy to help women with borderline personality disorder reduce self-harm behaviors and to improve functioning. Borderline personality disorder is a … Continue reading

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Coordinated Treatment Approach Improves Anxiety Symptoms

A coordinated, multi-component treatment approach was more effective in treating anxiety disorders than usual care found in primary care settings, according to an NIMH-funded study published May 19, 2010, in a special issue of the Journal of the American Medical … Continue reading

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A BRIGHT Technological Future for Mental Health Trials

The BRIGHTEN study February 19, 2016 • Science Update Playing games, watching movies, and paying bills through smartphones and tablets has become commonplace. Americans are used to doing almost everything through the technology in their pockets. Is mobile mental health … Continue reading

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Studies Refine Understanding of Treatments for Bipolar Disorder

Two new studies provide additional details on best practices for treating people with bipolar disorder, a sometimes debilitating illness marked by severe mood swings between depression and mania. The two studies are part of the NIMH-funded Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program … Continue reading

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Mood Disorders Predict Later Substance Abuse Problems Mania symptoms and bipolar disorder II more likely to lead to substance abuse than depression

anuary 9, 2008 • Science Update People with manic symptoms and bipolar disorder type II are at significant risk of later developing an alcohol abuse or dependence problem, a long-term study conducted in Switzerland confirms. The study was published in … Continue reading

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