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Mental Health Information
August 2017 - Vol. 21 Issue 8
Published by athealth.com

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CONTENTS:

  1. Bipolar Disorder: Important Facts
  2. Bipolar Disorders: A Review
  3. Mood Stabilizing Medications an Effective Option for Older Adults with Bipolar Disorder
  4. Several Factors Linked to Premature Deaths in Bipolar Patients
  5. Bipolar Disorder That Responds to Lithium May Be Distinct Illness
  6. Bipolar Affective Disorder
  7. Expert Q & A: Bipolar Disorder
  8. What Is Unique About Bipolar Disorder in Young People?
  9. Negative Life Experiences May Contribute to Bipolar Disorder
  10. Myths and Realities About Bipolar Disorder

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1.  Bipolar Disorder: Important Facts (Click the link to view more data)
- The National Comorbidity Study reported a lifetime prevalence of nearly 4% for bipolar disorder.
- Bipolar disorder is more common in women than men, with a ratio of approximately 3:2.
- Bipolar disorder has been deemed the most expensive behavioral health care diagnosis, costing more than twice as much as depression per affected individual.
CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC)

2.  Bipolar Disorders: A Review
Bipolar disorders are common, disabling, recurrent mental health conditions of
variable severity. Onset is often in late childhood or early adolescence. Patients
with bipolar disorders have higher rates of other mental health disorders and general
medical conditions. Early recognition and treatment of bipolar disorders improve
outcomes.
AMERICAN FAMILY PHYSICIAN

3. Mood Stabilizing Medications an Effective Option for Older Adults with Bipolar Disorder
Two standard medications for bipolar disorder were effective in controlling symptoms at doses tailored to older people in a clinical trial of treatment in adults over age 60. The findings are an important step towards filling an existing gap in evidence-based guidance for treatment of bipolar disorder in older adults.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH (NIMH)

4. Several Factors Linked to Premature Deaths in Bipolar Patients
Patients with bipolar illness die nine years prematurely, on average, but this is not inevitable if they get timely medical treatment for their chronic diseases.
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY

5. Bipolar Disorder That Responds to Lithium May Be Distinct Illness
Searching the genome to identify super responders to lithium may sharpen focus of treatment and shorten the time to diagnosis and stabilization for those with bipolar illness.
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY

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6. Bipolar Affective Disorder
Bipolar affective disorder is characterized by periods of deep, prolonged, and profound depression that alternate with periods of an excessively elevated or irritable mood known as mania.
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7. Expert Q & A: Bipolar Disorder
Do you have questions about a mental health topic? Submit a question for our expert psychiatrists. Subject matter expert psychiatrists will answer your questions about bipolar disorder.
AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION (APA)

8. What Is Unique About Bipolar Disorder in Young People?
When you think about making a diagnosis of bipolar disorder in a young person, there are several considerations. First of all, we can't diagnose bipolar disorder until there is a manic episode. By definition, bipolar disorder type I requires a manic episode. Bipolar disorder type II requires a hypomanic episode plus depression also.
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9. Negative Life Experiences May Contribute to Bipolar Disorder
If adverse life experiences contribute to bipolar disorder, as a large new study suggests, then patients with the illness might profit from psychotherapy to help cope with such experiences.
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY

10.  Myths and Realities About Bipolar Disorder
Is bipolar disorder on the rise..? How prevalent is bipolar disorder? What causes bipolar disorder? What are the most effective treatments for the disorder? Click here to learn more...
AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (APA)

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