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Jenifer Lewis explains how bipolar disorder crept into her life

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If you go by what society thinks or how it is presented in TV or movies, it should be easy to tell if you have bipolar disorder – or any mental illness. However, as actor, singer, and dancer Jenifer Lewis discovered, living with bipolar disorder can be much more complicated and can affect your life […]

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Brain wiring explains how siblings avoid bipolar disorder despite high risk

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Bipolar disorder is believed to be deeply rooted in genetics, meaning it can be passed hereditarily through family members. There’s just one thing that has always confused researchers. If bipolar disorder is genetic, how do siblings avoid experiencing the same mental illness as their brother or sister? Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at […]

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Brain Scans May Identify Teens With Bipolar Disorder at High Risk for Suicide

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Researchers say they have discovered a way to identify teenagers and young adults with bipolar disorder who are at the highest risk for attempting suicide. According to the authors of the study, approximately half of all people who live with bipolar disorder attempt suicide at some point in their life. Up to one in five […]

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Carrie Fisher Remembered for Her Honesty and Advocacy

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Carrie Fisher’s fierce wit and honesty never seemed to fit in with the celebrity culture into which she was born. Really, her vulnerability and openness about her struggles with substances and Bipolar Disorder didn’t much fit in with the world in general. She continued to speak her truth, write about it, and worked as an […]

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Childhood Abuse May Increase Risk of Developing Bipolar Disorder

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Those who experienced abuse as children may face a heightened risk for developing bipolar disorder later in life, according to new research published in the British Journal of Psychiatry. “The link between experiencing a troubled childhood and subsequently being diagnosed with this serious condition is extremely strong,” said study co-author Filippo Varese from the University […]

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Teens With Bipolar Disorder Face High Risk of Substance Abuse as Adults

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Teens living with bipolar disorder face a particularly high risk of developing problems with substance abuse by the time they reach adulthood, according to new findings published this week in Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. Following up a previous study showing that adolescents with bipolar disorder were more likely to smoke cigarettes and develop substance use […]

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Can Sunglasses Help Manage Bipolar Disorder?

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Bipolar disorder affects people in countless ways that can derail an otherwise happy and healthy life. Perhaps the biggest way BD affects people is by causing problems getting enough sleep. Thankfully, researchers thank they have found a way to help those with bipolar disorder, depression, or even general sleep troubles get the rest their body […]

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DNA Sequencing Finds Potential Genetic Mutations Tied To Bipolar Disorder

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Researchers and medical professionals alike have agreed for years that genetics likely play a significant role in the development of bipolar disorder, but they may finally be getting close to pinpointing exactly which genes contribute to the disorder. In a report published in JAMA Psychiatry, researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine say they […]

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Child Abuse May Make Bipolar Disorder Symptoms More Severe

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New research published in Lancet Psychiatry indicates people with bipolar disorder who were abused or neglected as children are likely to experience more severe symptoms and a notably higher risk of suicide. “Our findings have important implications for clinical practice, as they suggest that a history of childhood maltreatment could be used as an early […]

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Ten Percent of People With Depression or Anxiety May Also Have Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar disorder is believed to be widely under-diagnosed, with many people going their entire lives without ever being clinically diagnosed or treated. However, a new study may provide a new avenue to improve diagnosis rates by improving identification of bipolar disorder in individuals who have already been diagnosed with depression or anxiety. The new report, […]

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