bipolar disorder

Previously unknown specifics clarifying why certain neurons in bipolar patients alternate between being overly or under excited are disclosed in new work from researchers at the Salk Institute. In two papers[1,2], they used experimental and computational techniques to describe how variations in potassium and sodium currents in the brain cells of people with bipolar disorder… Read more

A new meta-analysis from the University of British Columbia takes a close look at the growing body of research into light therapy for patients with bipolar depression. Dr. Raymond Lam — a professor in the department of psychiatry, director of the Mood Disorders Centre at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, and research scientist… Read more

Bipolar disorder is a severe mental health condition. But in recent years it has become the one mental health diagnosis that patients are willing to accept. Research shows that to some people it has actually become “desirable” when compared with other mood disorders. This could be because of bipolar disorder’s association with creativity. For example… Read more

New research indicates that patterns of brain activation during reward anticipation may help identify people most at risk for developing bipolar spectrum disorders. Mania in people with bipolar spectrum disorders (BPSD) is often accompanied by impulsivity, including impulsive responses to potential rewards. In this new study, patterns of neural activation during a reward task predicted… Read more

A potential genetic link between circadian disruption and mood disorders has been identified by scientists at the University of Glasgow. Circadian rhythms are regular 24-hour variations in behaviour and activity that control many aspects of our lives, from hormone levels to sleeping and eating habits. The new findings, from the largest ever genome wide association… Read more