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Bipolar Disorder Drugs May 'Tweak' Genes Affecting Brain

Bipolar Disorder Drugs May 'Tweak' Genes Affecting Brain | Bipolar Disorder | Scoop.it
Study offers clues on causes of condition and how commonly prescribed meds work
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In this study they studied 26 brains that were donated from a brain bank. All of these were from people who suffered from Bipolar disorder. The people who took antipsychotic's to treat their Bipolar disorder's brains were strikingly similar to to people who did not have Bipolar disorder. This included the way their brain relayed messages. The problem with this although is that the side effects of taking antipsychotics is too much for people to handle. Such as Metabolic Syndrome, which can lead to cardiovascular disease, weight gain, increased blood sugar, and tremors.

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Flu in pregnancy may quadruple child’s risk for bipolar disorder

Flu in pregnancy may quadruple child’s risk for bipolar disorder | Bipolar Disorder | Scoop.it
Pregnant mothers' exposure to the flu was associated with a nearly fourfold increased risk that their child would develop bipolar disorder in adulthood, in a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.
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Alan Brown and his colleagues have found that pregnant women who have the flu's children are 4-times more at risk for developing Bipolar disorder in adulthood. This has been hinted at for a while, but as of May, 8 2013 they Brown has found hard evidence. Brown says that women who are pregnant or are trying to become pregnant should take precautionary measures, such as getting the flu shot before concieving or in the early stages of pregnancy.

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UAB - UAB launches trial of monthly medication for bipolar I disorder

UAB - UAB launches trial of monthly medication for bipolar I disorder | Bipolar Disorder | Scoop.it
Investigators at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) are studying a monthly, injectable dose of a drug used to treat bipolar I disorder in a...
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At the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) they are testing a monthly injection for Bipolar Disorder as an alternative to daily medicine. Bipolar patients tend to go through mania and depression then followed by a state with no symptoms. Often Bipolar patients will refuse to take their medicine when they are having no symptoms. This can cause a relapse, so monthly injections will help them not relapse.

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The Mood Roller Coaster: Understanding Bipolar Disorders - Thinking Forward - May 2013 - Main Line, PA

The Mood Roller Coaster: Understanding Bipolar Disorders - Thinking Forward - May 2013 - Main Line, PA | Bipolar Disorder | Scoop.it
Understanding manic states, depression and sleep patterns are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to coping with both types of bipolar disorder.
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This article helps explain the two different types of Bipolar Disorder to give you a better understanding of Bipolar Disorder. The two types are Bipolar Type I, and Bipolar Type II. It explains how Bipolar Type II isn't as extreme as Type I. In Type I there are states of full mania along with multiple states of severe depression. While Type II doesn't go into full mania, instead go into hypo-mania which is just elevated moods. In Type II though, they still have the same lows and go into severe depression.

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Groundbreaking Research on Bipolar Disorder Highlighted by Canadian Center of Science and Education

Groundbreaking Research on Bipolar Disorder Highlighted by Canadian Center of Science and Education | Bipolar Disorder | Scoop.it
TORONTO--(Marketwired - May 22, 2013) - The Canadian Center of Science and Education (CCSE) is an organization that is continually assisting with the funding of research efforts.
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Dr. Erin Michalak at the Canadian Center of Science and Education has been studying Bipolar disorder for years. She has come to the conclusion that to have good health and a good quality of life, medication is not enough. She has started a study that involves 30 researchers and 12 patients who suffer from Bipolar disorder. This is called a one-of-a-kind program to help Bipolar sufferers. This study will take about three years, but it has high hopes to be a successful study

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Mindfulness Therapy Improves Bipolar Disorder Symptoms

Mindfulness Therapy Improves Bipolar Disorder Symptoms | Bipolar Disorder | Scoop.it

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy may improve mood, emotional regulation, well-being, and functioning in individuals with bipolar disorder, according to a study published in the February issue of CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics.


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A new study shows that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) can help the moods of people diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. They did a study with 12 participants who suffer from Bipolar Disorder, they all participated in MBCT and had a three week check-up. They found that the participants had better mindfulness, less depressed moods, less difficulty paying attention, and better control over their emotions.

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Olivia Start's curator insight, January 12, 2014 3:36 PM

This article introduced a type of therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, that may improve the well being of those living with chronic mood disorerds. Of course there are other therapys like family therapy and CBT that are being used to treat those with bipolar disorder. However, this article states that mindfulness therapy has shown improvements in all areas of life for those who have a mood disorder. I think it would be amazing if we could find one kind of therapy that shows such improvements to give those with mood disorders hope! 

Marissajt's curator insight, September 15, 2015 1:41 AM

jPerhaps I just haven't experienced this much, but it seems as though mindfulness isn't talked about much in relation to bipolar disorder. Mindfulness is huge right now and there is a lot of research being done on mindfulness based therapy but I have never seen or heard of anything relating mindfulness and bipolar disorder. However, it makes sense mindfulness therapy could greatly help someone suffering from bipolar disorder. Mindfulness improves emotional regulation and seems to enhance consequential thinking which goes right along with the symptoms of bipolar disorder. A previous article I read discussed apps on phones to help track manic or depressive episodes and hopefully intervene and help client manage their bipolar disorder. I think mindfulness would be a great tool to include in such an app because it can help individuals dealing with bipolar regulate their emotions and establish consequential thinking. Imagine how helpful mindfulness focused around bipolar disorder could potentially be for a person!

 

I also read an article about children being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and the benefits of finding and understanding this diagnosis early. I wonder what impact mindfulness could have if used with a child who was diagnosed early with bipolar disorder. From what I have read and learned, it seems something like mindfulness could really help kids suffering with bipolar disorder. Kids and adolescents already struggle with emotional regulation and consequential thinking so dealing with bipolar on top of normal developmental phases is probably pretty overwhelming. It seems mindfulness could greatly impact those struggling with bipolar disorder, especially children.