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» New Findings on Chemical Linked to Bipolar Psychosis - Psych Central News

» New Findings on Chemical Linked to Bipolar Psychosis - Psych Central News | Bipolar Disorder | Scoop.it
Researchers have discovered a gene that is likely to play a role in the risk of psychosis in bipolar disorders. The condition involves recurrent episodes of
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This article suggests that there may be genes linked to psychotic outbreaks in those who are schizophrenic or bipolar. This would be extremely helpful to diagnose after a person learns they have bipolar disorder. It is difficult enough dealing with a mental illness that has extreme emotional changes so it would be helpful for a person to known if their brain vulnerable to psychosis as well. If this could be detected early in discovery of the disease, one wouldn't have to go through a psychotic episode to find out they need to be prescribed anti-psychotic meds as well. 

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Bipolar Lithium Therapy May See Safer Sodium-Based Alternative - Health News - redOrbit

Bipolar Lithium Therapy May See Safer Sodium-Based Alternative - Health News - redOrbit | Bipolar Disorder | Scoop.it
Researchers from the University of South Florida (USF) have reportedly discovered that an alternative salt form of lithium might be a safer, less toxic way to treat bipolar disorder...
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This article addresses the difficulty of using traditional lithium carbonate to treat bipolar disorder and claims there may be a way to re-engineer lithium to make it a more desirable treatment. This study has been ongoing at the University of Souther Florida where the new treatment has been tested on rats. Researchers have high hopes that changing the crystallization of lithium will help reduce side effects of the traditional treatment. This new drug will be healthier and more effective through fewer doses which is a tremendous benefit to those seeking treatment for bipolar disorder. 

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Guest Column: Correcting myths about bipolar disorder | Flat Hat News

Guest Column: Correcting myths about bipolar disorder | Flat Hat News | Bipolar Disorder | Scoop.it
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Often times, there are misconceptions about what living with bipolar disorder entails. Unfortunately, mental illness has  a "craziness" stigma attached to it. There are members of society that aren't educated on what define bipolar disorder. The disorder can change from person to person so it is also hard to give specifics besides manic and depressive episodes. What happens during those episodes  is where the variation from person to person stems from. This article addresses the stigma associated with mental illness as well as setting the facts straight when it comes to common myths associated with bipolar disorder. 

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10 Famous People With Bipolar Disorder - Bipolar Disorder Center - Everyday Health

10 Famous People With Bipolar Disorder - Bipolar Disorder Center - Everyday Health | Bipolar Disorder | Scoop.it
Bipolar disorder affects lots of people, some of them very well known. Learn about ten of the many famous people diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
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I found this article interesting because it shows that famous people aren't immune to mental disorders. This list of celebrities diagnosed with bipolar disorder shows that success is a possibility for those with the mental illness. Some even claim that they felt more creative while experiencing emotional highs and lows. I would also like to point out that even though only 2 percent of the population is affected by bipolar disorder, that percentage needs to be advocated for. 

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What Does it Feel Like to Have Bipolar Disorder? A Personal Story

What Does it Feel Like to Have Bipolar Disorder? A Personal Story | Bipolar Disorder | Scoop.it
One man with bipolar disorder demystifies the condition for outsiders, lending his own unique perspective on mania, depression, and everything in between.
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This is another personal account from a young man living with bipolar disorder. He divides the bipolar episodes into mania, depression, and "the middle'". It was intersting to hear how much he enjoyed the manic episodes. Yet, he stated that he prefered the time when his moods where in the middle because that is when he felt most normal.  Even with medication, people living with this disorder can still experience the extremes of mania and depression. This man just wanted to live in the normal times because that is when there is the most feeling of contentment. This also shows that although those with bipolar seem unstoppable during manic episodes, they would rather live as close to "normal" as possibile. 

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Daddy's Disorder - My father has bipolar disorder

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A young teenager gives her perspective on her father's bipolar disorder, from the ways he has helped her understand the highs and lows to how she feels about his suicide attempts.
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This young 7th grade girl shares and insightful perspective on dealing with a family member who has bipolar disorder. The compassion she feels towards her father is heart warming, knowing that without or without the disorder she loves her father the same. I admire the maturity she has when handling a difficult situation. This exert is a prime example of how those working with the mentally ill should show compassion! 

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Mom of boy, 16, killed by cops: 'He was bipolar, depressed'

Mom of boy, 16, killed by cops: 'He was bipolar, depressed' | Bipolar Disorder | Scoop.it
Relatives say a 16-year-old boy who was shot and killed by police after he allegedly fired at people on the street and then at pursuing officers suffered from a bipolar disorder . But they are still at a loss to explain what happened to their "playful, lovable child."
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This unfortunate story is a about a sixteen-year-old bipolar boy who was shot and killed by police authorities. The family had learned to live with Tywon mental illness and had grown to accept his mood swings. However, one afternoon he unexpectedly open fired a gun into an innocent crowd. This led police officers to shoot him, which killed him. I think this story shows that it is not only those in mental health professions that need to undergo training of how to deal with mentally ill persons. This innocent boy was seeking treatment, that had appeared to be working. He had a supportive family that seemed would do anything to help him conquer the difficulty of living with bipolar disorder. He could have continued on living if the police understood the type of illness the boy they shot had. This example isn't the only one that should be taken to legislation to make new laws protecting the rights of mentally ill as well as funding for training programs that will help those in a public service position properly assess and deal with situations like this one.  

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6 Signs of Bipolar Disorder - Huffington Post

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6 Signs of Bipolar Disorder
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I'm not a weatherman or -woman, but as a psychiatrist I certainly know bipolar behavior when I see it.
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A clever psychiatrist has compared bipolar disorder to the current weather without belittling the disorder. His six classical signs the disorder are associated with the current DSMV criteria. Although the term bipolar often gets misused in every day conversation, this psychiatrist uses that to his advantage. He uses language this is easy to understand without taking away the complexity that bipolar has. Hopefully these six signs will help those who are questioning whether a loved one or themselves are suffering from the disorder. 

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There have been major changes between the DSM IV and the DSMV, however, this article states that we may need to look beyond the most recent criteria that the DSMV has set for bipolar II disorder. One study showed that people experiencing hypomania for less than four days were not diagnosed because they didn't meet the criteria. As the study continued, it showed that participants that didn't qualify for bipolar II diagnoses showed other symptoms of having the disorder. I think to avoid misdiagnoses, like with any mental disorder, a questionnaire is not sufficient. There needs to be observation as well as multiple evaluations before one can be diagnosed. 

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» Latuda: A New Treatment Option for Bipolar Depression - World of Psychology

» Latuda: A New Treatment Option for Bipolar Depression - World of Psychology | Bipolar Disorder | Scoop.it
The depressive episodes that accompany bipolar disorder have often perplexed both people who have bipolar disorder and the professionals who want to help treat
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This medication, Latuda, is an atypical antipsychotic. In 2013 the FDA approved this drug for treating the psychosis of schitzophrenic patients. The use of antidepressants can cause trouble when dealing with depressive moods that occur in those with bipolar disorder. This medication is now being used to treat not only those with schitzophrenia but with bipolar disorder as well. I am not convinced that it can completly help the depressive symptoms of bipolar because it is a new drug without much successful history. However, the development of this drug gives hope to those struggling with medication because it shows there is always research and work being done to improve the medication that is needed to treat mental disorders. 

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Amy’s Story

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BringChange2Mind is a non-profit organization whose mission is to to end the stigma and discrimination that surrounds mental illness. Visit their website and pledge to help end stigma.
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Amy has learned to live with bipolar disorder, however it took years to become properly diagnosed. Her story explains the struggles that teaneager and college student go through when dealing with a mental illness. Fortunatly, she has proceeded to live a normal life with a successful carreer and marriage. Amy refrences "the game" which is life, and how she turned to basketball as an outlet for all the stress that she experiences. Her story shows what having an outlet, like basketball, to turn to during the hard times can provide for those with bipolar disorder. This makes me wonder if a way to help those who live with bipolar would be to find a hobby they are passionate about that can be a stress reliever during the hard times. 

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Mindfulness Therapy Improves Bipolar Disorder Symptoms

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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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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! 

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Winter Riel's curator insight, May 21, 2013 9:58 AM

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.

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.