New Compound May Effectively Treat Depression

Neuroscientists from John Hopkins have been studying a new compound, CGP3466B, which is laying the foundation for a new class of faster-acting antidepressants.  Studies in mice have shown that the drug can begin to work in only half an hour, while other antidepressants can take weeks to show similar results on the test subjects… The compound was … Read more

Shared Brain Patterns in ADHD and Bipolar Disorder

ADHD and Bipolar often have a number of similar symptoms, which can cause confusion with diagnosis and treatment.  A recent King’s College London study has identified both unique and shared brain patterns in ADHD and bipolar disorder, which could help clinicians more accurately diagnose and treat the conditions. According to Professor Jonna Kuntsi: ‘The identification of distinct … Read more

Bipolar Patients’ Brain Cells Predict Response to Lithium

Recent studies show that the brain cells of patients with bipolar disorder are more sensitive to stimuli than other people’s brain cells.   “Researchers hadn’t all agreed that there was a cellular cause to bipolar disorder,” says Rusty Gage, a professor in Salk’s Laboratory of Genetics. “So our study is important validation that the cells of these … Read more

MoodNetwork Seeks New Depression and Bipolar Treatments

MoodNetwork is the first online patient-powered research network for depression and bipolar disorder (mood disorders). MoodNetwork aims to bring together 50,000 participants who have experienced mood disorders, and their friends and families, to collaborate with researchers and clinicians. “Depression and bipolar disorder affect millions of people, but the treatments available, while helpful for many, are … Read more

Antidepressants can increase depression & mood cycling in rapid-cycling bipolar disorder patients

Antidepressants are the most commonly prescribed class of medication for patients with Bipolar Disorder.  For those suffering from Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder (about 25% of Bipolar patients), these medications may work to bring them out of a depressive episode.  However studies show that they may also increase the frequency and intensity of manic and depressive … Read more