Bipolar Disorder

Introduction to Bipolar Disorder and Mood Disorders

Mood Swings vs. Mood Disorders – Discovering Bipolar Disorder

People use the term mood to describe the emotional tones that color their daily lives. Moods are everywhere and ubiquitous; everyone has them. Moods may be happy or sad; energized or sluggish; embodying various combinations of emotional states. Moods consist of feelings as well as the thoughts and judgments that give feelings their meaning. An anxious mood may shift into an excited mood with a simple change of perspective, and a depressed mood may shift into a happier one upon hearing pleasing news. Moods are typically transient things that shift from moment to moment or day to day, but they can be prolonged states as well which color the whole psychic life for long periods of time.

Bipolar Disorder — In The News
Abnormalities Found in Brains of Young Bipolar Patients Who Try Suicide Dec 9, 2014

TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Teens and young adults who attempted suicide were found to have abnormalities in the frontal areas of their brains, a new study says. Researchers conducted brain scans on 68 participants, aged 14 to 25, with bipolar disorder, a mental illness that causes... Read More

One Dose of Antidepressant Changes Brain Connections, Study Says Sep 18, 2014

THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Just a single dose of a common antidepressant can quickly alter the way brain cells communicate with one another, early research suggests. The findings, reported online Sept. 18 in Current Biology, are a step toward better understanding the brain's response to widely... Read More

App for Bipolar Disorder Being Tested May 12, 2014

MONDAY, May 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A smartphone app that uses voice analysis to detect mood changes in people with bipolar disorder is being tested by researchers. Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes extreme emotional highs and lows. It affects millions of people worldwide and can... Read More

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Weblog Entries
The Continuing Problem Of Stigmatizing Mental Illness Sep 10, 2013

Melody Moezzi, an attorney who is diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, in an article in the OP-ED section of the New York Times of Tuesday, August 6,2013, wrote that young... Read More

Be Proactive: National Depression Screening Day Is October 11 Oct 5, 2012

A few months ago, I shared with you my conflicted view of awareness months. This view hasn’t really changed, considering that along with worthy designations such as Black History... Read More

The Big Picture Of Depression Symptoms Jun 28, 2012

Depression can be a powerhouse of misery that leaves you feeling helpless, but it’s not one massive force, whatever it may feel like. Depression is a combination of several... Read More