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Veterans With Bipolar Disorder May Have Increased Risk Of Suicide

Veterans diagnosed with any psychiatric illness appear to have an elevated risk of suicide, and men with bipolar disorder and women with substance abuse disorders may have a particularly high risk, according to a report in the November issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. An estimated 90 percent to 98 percent of individuals who die from suicide meet criteria for at least one psychiatric disorder, according to background information in the article.

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a figure from a bipolar-depression study

Cognitive Dysfunction In Patients With Bipolar Disorder Is More Severe In Those With Depressive Symptoms

Cognitive dysfunction is clearly recognized in bipolar patients, but the degree of impairment varies due to methodological factors as well as heterogeneity in patient populations. Researchers set out to evaluate cognitive functioning in bipolar patients and to assess its association with depressive symptoms. In addition, the relationship between cognitive functioning abilities and lifetime alcohol use disorder was further explored. Check the end of this report to download this open access article.

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Brain Imaging Identifies Differences In Childhood Bipolar Disorder And ADHD

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago are the first to use brain imaging to examine the effects of emotion on working memory function in children with pediatric bipolar disorder (PBD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). PBD and ADHD are very severe developmental disorders that share behavioral characteristics such as impulsivity, irritability, and attention problems. The study is published in the October issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

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Links Between Hypertension And Bipolar Disorder

Nearly half of patients hospitalized with bipolar disorder may suffer from hypertension, and the younger a person is diagnosed with the psychiatric condition the more likely they are to develop high blood pressure, according to a recent Michigan State University study. The study, led by MSU psychiatrist Dale D’Mello, analyzed 99 patients hospitalized for bipolar […]

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Over-Diagnosis Of Bipolar Disorder And Disability Payments

A study from Rhode Island Hospital finds patients who were “over-diagnosed” with bipolar disorder were more likely to have received disability payments and for a longer period of time. The researchers propose a link between these unconfirmed cases of bipolar disorder and the receipt of the payments. Their study and findings are published in the […]

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