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By On March 21st, 2019

New website wants to help you understand your genetic risk for depression and bipolar disorder

A new website created by researchers at the University of New South Wales aims to help people better understand their hereditary or genetic risk of developing depression or bipolar disorder through an educational journey. After creating a free account on the website at links.neura.edu, users start the process with a short anonymous questionnaire which explores…

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By On January 10th, 2019

Study suggests common blood pressure and cholesterol drugs may improve mental health

New research from Sweden is raising eyebrows as it suggests that commonly prescribed drugs for cholesterol, blood pressure, and diabetes may also improve overall mental health in individuals living with mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The discovery came from following more than 142,000 patients with serious mental illnesses. Over the course of the…

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By On November 6th, 2018

Do you know the difference between bipolar 1 and bipolar 2?

If you ask most people what bipolar disorder is, they are usually able to give you the broad strokes; bipolar disorder is a mental health issue characterized by extreme states of depression or mania. While this is technically correct, it also belies how little people truly understand the nuances that can make a serious health…

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By On September 24th, 2018

Enlarged hypothalamus linked to depression and bipolar disorder

Over the past decade, significant progress has been made in discovering and understanding the biological processes that can make a person more at risk for depression and bipolar disorder. In particular, it is clear that those most predisposed to developing depression show a distinct issue with regulating the endogenous stress response system, referred to as…

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By On September 4th, 2018

MRI’s may hold the key to better diagnosing people with depression and bipolar disorder

Diagnosing mental illnesses has always been notoriously difficult and with a high risk for misdiagnosis. After all, mental health professionals typically have to rely only on the subjective information from patients and surveys used to gauge symptoms as objectively as possible to form a diagnosis. Complicating matters further is the fact that many mental illnesses…

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By On August 16th, 2018

New coping strategies may help those with bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder has been clinically recognized for years, but the mechanisms that underly the condition and the ways the disorder expresses itself have remained poorly understood. Now, researchers say they have identified a unique way that bipolar disorder expresses itself that can improve treatment and therapy options for those with the disorder. As researchers from…

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By On January 2nd, 2018

Jenifer Lewis explains how bipolar disorder crept into her life

If you go by what society thinks or how it is presented in TV or movies, it should be easy to tell if you have bipolar disorder – or any mental illness. However, as actor, singer, and dancer Jenifer Lewis discovered, living with bipolar disorder can be much more complicated and can affect your life…

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By On August 21st, 2017

Brain wiring explains how siblings avoid bipolar disorder despite high risk

Bipolar disorder is believed to be deeply rooted in genetics, meaning it can be passed hereditarily through family members. There’s just one thing that has always confused researchers. If bipolar disorder is genetic, how do siblings avoid experiencing the same mental illness as their brother or sister? Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at…

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