Bipolar Can Be Difficult to Diagnose and Even Harder to Treat

The Washington Post reports about 2.6 percent of adults. The disorder can be hard to recognize and harder to treat. Combining medications often brings substantial improvement, but some patients experience side effects and show minimal improvement. Researchers, who have found that bipolar disorder is inherited more than 70 percent of the time, hope to identify drugs to target the 20 genetic variations known to be associated with the disorder. Read the Story.

Here’s Some Surprisingly Upbeat News About Depression

A new study by researchers at the University of Toronto found nearly 40 percent of Canadians who previously had depression reported feeling happiness or satisfaction almost daily. Although the study cannot predict future relapse, its lead author, Esme Fuller-Thomson, said a year without symptoms and a month feeling happy or satisfied every day is a very encouraging sign. Read the story.

Kristin Bell, Chris Evans and What Happens When Celebrities Talk About Anxiety and Depression?

The Washington Post reports, “Mental-health issues have always been shrouded in stigma, despite data showing they affect about 18 percent of American adults. Because people tend to mimic the actions and opinions of celebrities they admire, interviews like Bell’s make a small dent in that stigma. Add her small dent to that of actor Chris Evans who, while promoting himself as the unshakable Captain America, discussed his anxiety in Rolling Stone magazine.” Read the News

What Everyone Should Know About Men and Depression

Elahe Izadi writes in The Washington Post, “Struggling with clinical depression can be especially challenging for people who don’t have strong support from loved ones. But having that kind of social support may end up discouraging some men from seeking out professional help, according to a new study.” Read the News

How Magnets “Reset” Depressed Brains

The Washington Post reports that magnetic pulses from a device applied to the head appear to “reset” the brains of depressed patients, according to a new study from the United Kingdom. The circuitry in a part of the right prefrontal cortex is known to be too active in depressed patients, causing excessive rumination and self absorption and impaired attention. When the TMS was applied to healthy subjects in this study, the activity in that region slowed.

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How My Mother’s Depression Shaped My Whole Life

From The Washinton Post, Ann Mastergeorge writes, “When I think back to my mother when I was a child, I don’t have a single memory of her smiling.  She suffered from chronic, lifelong depression, and it affected me and my four siblings every day.”  Read the News

A Sudden Shift in Moods

From The Washington Post, a piece about cyclothymic disorder, a milder form of bipolar illness, in which they highs are not as high as a manic phase and the lows are not as low during a depressive phase.  Read the Story

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