Bipolar disorder, also called manic depression, is a disorder of mood or affect that affects children and adolescents as well as adults. This disorder is characterized by two opposite extremes of mood: mania and depression.
The usual pattern of bipolar disorder is one of increasing intensity and duration of symptoms that progresses slowly over many years. However, symptoms and severity may vary significantly between individuals. Bipolar disorder can be severe and long-term, or it can be mild with infrequent episodes.
Bipolar disorder can have significant consequences on an individual's life. Impaired thinking and judgement can lead to poor decision making and impulsiveness. This can have disastrous effects on one's physical and sexual health, and financial and social wellbeing.
Treatment of Bipolar Disorder consists of a combination of medication and other forms of therapy. Several promising new treatments are currently under investigation.
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This MediFocus Guide contains an extensive listing of citations and abstracts of recent journal articles that have been published about this condition in trustworthy medical journals. This is the same type of information that is available to physicians and other health care professionals. A partial selection of journal articles that are abstracted in this MediFocus Guide includes:
Adjuvant therapy of melanoma with interferon-alpha-2b is associated with mania and bipolar syndromes. Cancer. 2000
The Expert Consensus Guideline Series: Medication Treatment of Bipolar Disorder 2000. Postgraduate Medicine. 2000
The genes for major psychosis: aberrant sequence or regulation?. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2000
Reduced suicide risk during lithium maintenance treatment. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 2000
Integration of pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy for bipolar disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 2000
The treatment of bipolar depression. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 2000
Suicide and bipolar disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 2000
Efficacy of lithium in mania and maintenance therapy of bipolar disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 2000
Bipolar disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 2000
The longitudinal course of bipolar disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 2000
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