Daily Archives: August 12, 2016

Social Anxiety and Bipolar Disorder

People with bipolar disorder often experience social anxiety. Learn why this can be a dangerous combination and how it changes your treatment. Bipolar disorder, which is sometimes called manic-depressive illness, causes severe mood swings that can make daily functioning difficult. … Continue reading

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Does Mel Gibson Really Have Bipolar Disorder? By Jennifer Acosta Scott | Medically reviewed by Pat F. Bass III, MD, MPH

Angry calls by actor Mel Gibson to his ex-girlfriend made headlines when excerpts were made public. They also opened up a dialogue about bipolar disorder. In summer 2010, the actor Mel Gibson was front-page news, and not because of a … Continue reading

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When Lithium Causes Acne

The bipolar disorder treatment lithium can cause acne. Find out why, and get tips to manage your complexion. The medication lithium is a commonly prescribed bipolar disorder treatment, but you may not be prepared for the negative effects it can … Continue reading

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How Bipolar Disorder Can Lead to Clutter

The highs and lows of bipolar disorder can often be accompanied by clutter and, in extreme cases, hoarding.   For some people living with bipolar disorder, keeping order around their house may be a struggle. Cycles of mania and depression … Continue reading

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Brain structure–function associations in multi-generational families genetically enriched for bipolar disorder

Fears et al. investigate brain-behaviour associations in families genetically enriched for bipolar disorder. Increased ventrolateral prefrontal thickness is associated with better memory in affected individuals but not unaffected family members. Effects … Keywords: bipolar disorder, structural MRI, neurocognition, temperament, pedigrees, … Continue reading

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Brain Structural Effects of Psychopharmacological Treatment in Bipolar Disorder

Abstract Bipolar disorder is associated with subtle neuroanatomical deficits including lateral ventricular enlargement, grey matter deficits incorporating limbic system structures, and distributed white matter pathophysiology. Substantial heterogeneity has been identified by structural neuroimaging studies to date and differential psychotropic medication … Continue reading

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Pharmacological Approaches for Treatment-resistant Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is prevalent, with high risks of disability, substance abuse and premature mortality. Treatment responses typically are incomplete, especially for depressive components, so that many cases can be considered “treatment resistant.” We reviewed reports on experimental treatments for such … Continue reading

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Finding a Therapist Who Can Help You Heal Getting the Most out of Therapy and Counseling

Therapy can be an effective treatment for mental and emotional problems. But in order to reap its benefits, it’s important to choose the right therapist—someone you trust who makes you feel cared for and has the experience to help you … Continue reading

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Suicide Prevention

If you’ve had suicidal thoughts, you’re not weak or flawed, and you’re not alone. Suicide is one of those subjects that many of us feel uncomfortable discussing. If you’re the one feeling suicidal, you may be afraid that you’ll be … Continue reading

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Cutting and Self-Harm

elf-harm can be a way of coping with problems. It may help you express feelings you can’t put into words, distract you from your life, or release emotional pain. Afterwards, you probably feel better—at least for a little while. But … Continue reading

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