October 15

Rare Genetic Disease Protects Against Bipolar Disorder

New findings show that a rare genetic dwarfism called Ellis van-Creveld (EvC) syndrome protects against bipolar affective disorder. The discovery was made thanks to decades of research in a few Old Order Amish families of Pennsylvania with a high incidence of both diseases. Forty years of documented research across multiple generations showed that no person with EvC has been reported with bipolar disorder. This new knowledge is already being studied in drugs currently in clinical trials and is a very exciting development in forthcoming bipolar treatments.

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October 10

Stress Coping Strategies May Help Combat Bipolar Recurrence

Researchers have found a link between low levels of resilience to stress in patients with bipolar disorder and impulsive behavior, which may make them vulnerable to depressive episodes…  Factors such as active coping, optimism, positive emotions, cognitive reappraisal, social support, having purpose in life, relying on a moral compass, and spirituality have shown to help in combatting the return of bipolar symptoms…

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June 16

Raising Awareness of Bipolar II Disorder

Bipolar II Disorder has been put in the spotlight after the announcement that Hollywood actress Catherine Zeta-Jones suffers from the disorder.  Bipolar II disorder, in contrast with Bipolar I disorder, is characterized by recurrent episodes of depressive illness alternating with periods of mild mania, so called ‘hypomania’, and as such may less easily come to attention…  What are the different recommendations for those suffering from Bipolar II disorder?

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May 16

Age and Onset May Influence Response to Treatment

Studies show that differences in bipolar treatment response emerge when patients with bipolar disorder are grouped according to their age and their age at the onset of the disorder.  “These results suggest that in the older patients, remission and recovery are as easy to achieve but more difficult to maintain compared with that in younger patients”, said the lead researcher Frits Oostervink.

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