Benefits of Bipolar Disorder?

Benefits of Bipolar Disorder?

Some individuals with bipolar disorder say they experience highly-valued, positive experiences from living with the condition, according to new research by Lancaster University. According to the study, ten people (ages 24 to 57) with bipolar disorder reported several perceived benefits in having the condition, which included having sharper senses and increased productivity. For the study, researchers set out to investigate growing evidence that some people with bipolar value certain experiences the disorder brings, and in some cases, would prefer to keep the condition. Study participants descr... »

DBS Appears Effective For Bipolar Disorder

DBS Appears Effective For Bipolar Disorder

A new study shows that deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a safe and effective intervention for treatment-resistant depression. The study, led by researchers at Emory University in Atlanta, found that DBS works in patients with either unipolar major depressive disorder or bipolar II disorder. “Depression is a serious and debilitating medical illness,” says Helen S. Mayberg, MD, a professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Neurology and Radiology at Emory University School of Medicine, who led the study. “When we found that the potential for effective and sustained antidep... »

After Disclosure: Family Relationships

After Disclosure: Family Relationships

Disclosing one’s bipolar disorder to family members can be very difficult, because we never really know how people will react, and once we have disclosed, there is really no way to take it back. My own experience with disclosure has been a largely positive one, but not everyone has such positive experiences. For this article, I wanted to talk about some of the possible positive and negative reactions that we can get, and how to deal with them. When Disclosure Goes Right There can be a number of positive results from disclosing bipolar disorder to one’s family members. After all, being bipolar,... »

Illegal Use of Seroquel Increases

Illegal Use of Seroquel Increases

An interesting article from Channel 9 News in Melbourne discussed the increasing illegal use of the bipolar and schizophrenia medication Seroquel (quetiapine) in Australia, a problem that is increasing throughout the world. Seroquel is abused for its sedative effects, something that, ironically, is a common complaint among legitimate users. In Melbourne, the number of annual ambulance visits related to abuse of Seroquel has increased from 32 to 598 between 2000 and 2010. Seroquel therefore has joined other commonly abused prescription drugs like Oxycontin and Xanax as a growing health concern.... »

Bipolar: Pregnancy & Childbirth

Bipolar: Pregnancy & Childbirth

Women with bipolar disorder face very difficult decisions about pregnancy. On one hand many drugs used to keep the mood stable are known to harm the baby if taken in pregnancy. On the other hand, we know that women with bipolar disorder are at a particularly high risk of a severe episode after childbirth. BDRN (Bipolar Disorder Research Network) are conducting a study looking at pregnancy and childbirth in women with bipolar disorder. In this study they hope to find out more about the factors that make these women more or less likely to suffer further episodes of illness in relation to childbi... »