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May 2007 News and Blog Posts (50)

Cognitive Impairment in Patients With Bipolar Disorder: Effect on Psychosocial Functioning

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - At the conclusion of a session on neuropsychological processing in bipolar disorder at last summer's meeting in Edinburgh of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders, a member of the audience thanked the panel for publicizing the cognitive deficits associated with bipolar disorder. As an advocate for and an individual with bipolar affective disorder, the woman claimed that while mental health professionals are focused on treating mood symptoms, only rarely do they… Continue

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Intermittent Explosive Disorder and the Like: Overappreciated?

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - In "Intermittent Explosive Disorder: Common but Underappreciated"(Psychiatric Times, January 2007), Arline Kaplan wrote that intermittent explosive disorder (IED) "is not just another name for bad behavior." She quoted Dr Coccaro from the University of Chicago as asserting that patients with IED who react with rage to minor irritants have been shown to have reduced down-regulation of certain cortical nuclei that should be reined in by inhibitory stimuli from the frontal… Continue

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Quality of Life in Patients With Bipolar Disorder: Defining and Measuring Goals

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Bipolar disorder (BD) is a complex and heterogeneous condition characterized by a variety of symptoms and marked variability in disease course. A patient with BD can experience episodes of depression, hypomania, mania, or psychosis and, indeed, can experience a mixture of emotional states or cycle rapidly between them. In fact, recent research has highlighted the prevalence of marked subsyndromal features between episodes,1 but despite currently available treatments, BD… Continue

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The Case for Polypharmacy in the Treatment of Bipolar Disorder

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - In addition to being complex and pleomorphic in its own right, bipolar disorder is often accompanied by a host of other medical and psychiatric comorbidities. Recent evidence suggests that the illness is not as benign as originally considered and in some academic and outpatient settings, patients remain symptomatic almost half of their lives despite naturalistic treatment in the community. Bipolar disorder has considerable morbidity and mortality, both from suicide and… Continue

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Understanding the Mind of Your Bipolar Child

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - by Gregory T. Lombardo, MD, PhD

New York: St. Martin's Press, 2006

384 pages • $24.95 (hardcover)



Childhood bipolar disorder is a devastating illness that affects emotional, social, and cognitive development. In recent years, increased attention devoted to the study of bipolar disorder in childhood has resulted in greater information regarding the cause, phenomenology, and treatment of the disorder. However, despite improved understanding and… Continue

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Cognitive Impairment in Patients With Bipolar Disorder: Effect on Psychosocial Functioning

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - At the conclusion of a session on neuropsychological processing in bipolar disorder at last summer's meeting in Edinburgh of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders, a member of the audience thanked the panel for publicizing the cognitive deficits associated with bipolar disorder. As an advocate for and an individual with bipolar affective disorder, the woman claimed that while mental health professionals are focused on treating mood symptoms, only rarely do they… Continue

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Making the Connection: A Parent's Guide to Medication in ADHD

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Making the Connection: A Parent's Guide to Medication in AD/HD is a concise, user-friendly book intended for parents of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The book focuses on common concerns parents have when deciding whether to treat their child with medication.



Section 1 provides a quick review of the prevalence and possible causative factors of ADHD. Key symptoms and possible comorbidities are also summarized. A chapter is devoted… Continue

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Bullying and Risk of Suicidal Behavior in Adolescents

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Recently, an important study was published that examined bullying and its potential association with depression and suicidal behavior in adolescents.1 A unique feature of this study was that it assessed bullying behavior and suicide attempts in victims of bullying, persons who exhibited bullying behavior, and bully-victims (adolescents who were bullies and victims of bullying). In addition, the study examined bullying behavior both in and out of school… Continue

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Nonconventional and Integrative Treatments of Alcohol and Substance Abuse

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - In the first part of this column (Psychiatric Times, February 2007), I reviewed treatments whose beneficial effects are probably achieved through a discrete biological or pharmacological mechanism of action. These included dietary modifications; supplementation with specific vitamins, minerals, and amino acids; and medicinal herbs. In this part, I will review the evidence for approaches that reduce the risk of relapse, diminish craving, or mitigate withdrawal symptoms but… Continue

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TBI Linked to Sleep Disorders

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Persons with a history of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) are more likely than others to have sleep timing disorders, according to a study by investigators from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv, Israel. Although many of these patients have difficulty in falling asleep, they may not be experiencing primary insomnia but a circadian rhythm sleep disorder (CRSD). "The frequency of CRSD in this study is considerably higher… Continue

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