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Bipolar disorder: A good diet may boost treatment

Diet quality can affect many aspects of one's physical health and psychological well-being. New research investigates whether or not these factors can also affect the effectiveness of treatments for mood disorders — particularly bipolar.…

Herpesvirus may lead to bipolar, depression

Scientists have discovered the human herpesvirus HHV-6 in the neurons of people who lived with bipolar or severe depression. The human herpesvirus (depicted here) may be responsible for a range of neurological and psychiatric conditions.…

Could beef jerky contribute to manic episodes?

Manic episodes usually occur as part of a mood disorder known as bipolar disorder, characterized by swings between opposite moods: feeling extremely "high" (mania) or feeling very "low" (depression). Does eating beef jerky and other…

Bipolar spectrum: What does it involve?

Bipolar disorder, once known as manic depression, features extreme mood swings that include both emotional highs and lows. It is a long-term condition that can disrupt a person's ability to function in the workplace and in daily life.…

How does bipolar disorder affect women?

Bipolar disorder is sometimes known as manic depression. It can cause mood swings, from extreme highs to extreme lows, lasting for weeks or months. The cause is unclear, but genetic and hereditary factors appear to play a role. Triggers…

What’s to know about dysphoric mania?

Dysphoric mania, also known as mixed mania or mixed symptoms, refers to a group of symptoms that feature in bipolar disorder. Around 50 percent of those diagnosed with bipolar disorder experience dysphoric mania, according to research…

Novel risk genes for bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder (BD), characterized by mood swings between positive manic/hypomanic and negative/depressive states, is a common psychiatric disorder with a lifetime prevalence of ~1%. Although epidemiological studies indicate that…

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