In Pursuit of Mental Health’s Holy Grail

Diagnosing and treating a mental disorder often involves many different trials of medicines, treatments, and therapies before a solution can be found. There has been no surefire way to scientifically pinpoint the root of a illness. However, psychiatry may be nearing that breakthrough, one that could shake the foundations of how diagnoses are given. A … Read more

High-res MRI links cerebellum to bipolar disorder

A different type of MRI has given researchers an unprecedented look at previously unrecognized differences in the brains of people with bipolar disorder, a new study from the University of Iowa reports. Specifically, the findings reveal differences in the white matter of patients’ brains and in the cerebellum, an area of the brain not previously … Read more

Bipolar disorder discovery at the nano level

A nano-sized discovery by Northwestern Medicine scientists helps explain how bipolar disorder affects the brain and could one day lead to new drug therapies to treat the mental illness…  Using a new super-resolution imaging method, scientists have been able to peer into the synapses and discovered genetic structures with concentrated levels of the gene most … Read more

Mood and Magnetic Stimulation

A new experimental procedure is under testing that looks at the theory that a magnetized machine (akin to an MRI) can provide immediate alleviation of symptoms of depression and bipolar disorder.  Harvard Medical School’s Michael Rohan hypothesizes that the device sends electric fields into cortical regions of the brain, where they may affect the dendrites, fibers … Read more

ADHD Increases Depression to Bipolar Disorder Conversion

Young people with major depression have an increased risk of conversion to bipolar disorder if they have comorbid attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), suggest findings from a longitudinal follow-up study.  Findings show bipolar disorder was significantly more common in patients with major depression and ADHD than in those with major depression alone, with incidences of 18.9% … Read more