- The American Psychiatric Association is expanding its criteria for that label with the upcoming release in May of the fifth version of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the "Bible" of mental health practitioners. However, some "psyches" and a number of would-be patients with Internet connections remain critical of the medicalization of normal ranges of thought and experience.
- A large-scale genetic analysis has shown that major mental disorders share common key mutations, holding hope for understanding the diseases and possible treatments.
- Though scientists are still unsure about the causes of autism spectrum disorder, a multinational team of researchers believe that they have linked the condition with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
- Creativity is frequently paired with mental illness, according to a new study that confirms the stereotype that people in creative professions are significantly more susceptible to psychiatric disorders than the general population.
- Researchers have found that a gene called NCAN is closely associated with the mood swings that occur in people with bipolar disorder.
- The Mayo Clinic announced yesterday that Illinois congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. is seeking treatment for bipolar disorder.
- Chronic stress blocks a gene that protects the brain from mood disorders, according to a new study that may provide novel insights into the mechanisms behind depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
- Genius and insanity may actually go together, according to scientists who found that mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are often found in highly creative and intelligent people.
- Researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health previously found that a single dose of ketamine produced rapid antidepressant effects in depressed patients with bipolar disorder. They have now replicated that finding in an independent group of patients.
- Teens diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychoses appear to show greater decreases in the brain's gray matter volume and increases in cerebrospinal fluid in the frontal lobe compared to healthy adolescents without a diagnosis of psychosis.
- A new study provides fascinating insight into the genetic basis of bipolar disorder, a highly heritable mood disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of mania and depression. The research, published by Cell Press online February 24 in the American Journal of Human Genetics, identifies a previously unrecognized susceptibility factor for bipolar disorder.
- Understanding the genetics of bipolar disorder could lead to new treatments, but identifying specific genetic variations associated with this disorder has been challenging.
Bipolar disorder or bipolar affective disorder, historically known as manic–depressive disorder, is a psychiatric diagnosis that describes a category of mood disorders defined by the presence of one or more episodes of abnormally elevated energy levels, cognition, and mood with or without one or more depressive episodes. The elevated moods are clinically referred to as mania or, if milder, hypomania.