Understanding Bipolar Disorder: Types, Causes, Treatment

Most people have heard of bipolar disorder, but many may not understand the true nature of the disorder, or may have heard common misconceptions about bipolar. Understanding bipolar disorder is essential for finding an effective treatment and providing support to individuals struggling with the condition. Let’s take a look at the different types of bipolar … Read more

What are the Ten Personality Disorders?

Personality disorders are characterized by long-term patterns of feeling, thinking, and behaving that are different from typical cultural expectations and cause problems or distress in functioning and personal relationships. They usually begin by early adulthood or late adolescence and are long-lasting. A personality disorder can affect an individual’s way of relating to other people, way … Read more

A Single Ketamine Infusion Improves Depression Scores in Anxious Bipolar Disorder, Study Shows

Ionescu et al. analyzed the effectiveness of a single ketamine infusion in treating depression in patients with anxious bipolar disorder compared to non-anxious bipolar disorder. Approximately 25-50% of patients with bipolar disorder have an anxious subtype, and the role of anxiety in influencing symptoms and challenges of bipolar disorder is becoming increasingly recognized. When it … Read more

DSM-V Updates to Bipolar and Depressive Disorders

Many meaningful updates and alterations from the DSM-IV to the DSM-V will impact clinical diagnosis and treatment decision-making. One interesting major update falls within the mood disorders category. Mood disorders are disorders that severely impact emotional regulation and function, traditionally including all types of bipolar and depressive disorders. Depressive and Bipolar Disorders Now Classified Separately … Read more

Should I try ketamine or ECT first to treat depression?

Should I try ketamine or ECT first to treat depression? Everyone knows that sadness and joy are parts of everyday life. But what happens when that occasional blue mood turns into recurring episodes of anxiety, panic attacks, and even lack of interest in participating in routine activities? That’s when intense sadness becomes depression. Doctors prescribe … Read more

The Truth About Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation For Bipolar Disorder

If you or a loved one are living with bipolar disorder, you may be researching different treatment options, one being Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, also known as TMS therapy. TMS gained its initial FDA approval for addressing Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) back in 2008. Medical professionals and insurance providers have predominantly employed TMS in cases of … Read more

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