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Does a bipolar state of mind encourage creative genius

“There’s a popular cliché that maybe craziness and creativity are allied, [that] if you’re schizophrenic, you’re more likely to be a genius inventor. That’s actually not the case. Schizophrenia, there’s no correlation with creativity. Instead, it’s really about depression and particularly bipolar depression. The leading hypothesis grows out of research …

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Drugs Used for Psychotics Go to Youths in Foster Care

Think children are being over-diagnosed and over-treated where psychiatric disorders are concerned? Take a look at the disturbing trend of the use of antipsychotics within the foster care system:

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Mental disorders affect more than a third of Europeans

Mental disorders affect more than 160 million Europeans — 38% of the population — each year, says a report1 issued by the European Brain Council and the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology.  The researchers found that the most common disorders are anxiety, insomnia and depression, which account for 14%, 7% and …

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U-M creates new stem cell lines with adult cells for bipolar disorder research

The University of Michigan announced today it has created five more stem cell lines…Three of U-M’s iPS stem cell lines were created with skin donated by people with bipolar disorder; the other two were created with cells from a tissue bank so they are genetically normal. The iPS stem cell …

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Free Report from the British Psychological Society

British Psychological Society has made their recent report, Understanding Bipolar Disorder, available as a free download throughout the month of July. To download it you must register with the site first, but the download is free after you have done so. http://www.bpsshop.org.uk/Understanding-Bipolar-Disorder-P1280.aspx.  

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Johns Hopkins Team Identifies Genetic Link to Attempted Suicide

A study of thousands of people with bipolar disorder suggests that genetic risk factors may influence the decision to attempt suicide. Johns Hopkins scientists, reporting in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, have identified a small region on chromosome 2 that is associated with increased risk for attempted suicide. This small region …

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The Good News and the Bad News About Mental Health Care in America

The good news is that improvement rates for serious mental illnesses like depression and bipolar disorder (also known as manic-depressive illness) rival or surpass those for chronic physical diseases like diabetes and heart disease, provided that the patient receives the right treatment — consistently. The bad news is that an …

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Genetic link to attempted suicide identified

Genetic link to attempted suicide identified.

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What is Bipolar?

Sheen has us asking: What's bipolar? Please skip the first paragraph about Charlie Sheen. The meat of the article is fascinating. Scientists at UCLA took on the goal of peering deep into someone’s brain, while the person was in the middle of a manic episode, to better understand what was …

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Temper Tantrums, Mental disorder, and DSM-5: The Case for Caution – Psychiatric Times

At the same time, throughout psychiatry, there has been a continuing debate over the status of aggressive behavior in children and in relation to other disorders. Lee and Galynker3 reported that “just under 50% of people with bipolar disorder have some history of violent behavior.” Violence can occur in manic …

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