In The Media - February
February 21st, 2011
Education, Medication, and More
Bipolar Biobank Helps Identify At-Risk Patients for Early Intervention
Source: Mayo Clinic
Diagnosing bipolar disorder can be challenging, and many times, clinicians are struggling with what is the best treatment option. Researchers hope that the Mayo Clinic's Biobank for Bipolar Disorder will one day provide genetic clues to facilitate the diagnosis of patients, and guide treatment selection.
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Case Western Receives $7.8M to Study Manic Symptoms in Children
The Department of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has received a $7.8 million renewal grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for the long-term study of manic symptoms in children, a common indicator of bipolar disease and other childhood psychiatric disorders.
Majority Of U.S. Adolescents With Severe Mental Disorders Have Never Received Treatment For Their Conditions
Source: Medical News Today
A recent study published in the January 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) shows that only half of adolescents that are affected with severely impairing mental disorders ever receive treatment for their disorders.
Severe Childhood Mood Disorder May Be Unique Syndrome
Sources: Psychiatric News
An 11-year-old child presents with severe and chronic irritability, along with persistent sadness and anxiety, resulting in frequent emotional outbursts that have parents and others walking on eggshells. Missing from the clinical presentation are the clearly demarcated episodes of mania that characterize bipolar disorder.
The cluster of symptoms presenting in this 11-year-old has received growing attention from researchers as a troubling and severely impairing mood disorder syndrome sharing features of bipolar disorder, ADHD, and oppositional defiant disorder—but also having unique and defining characteristics with important implications for treatment.
Certain Neurochemicals Reduced in Pediatric Bipolar Disorder
Source: Medwire News
Children and adolescents with bipolar disorder have lower levels of certain neurochemicals than mentally healthy children, and this may indicative of abnormal neurodevelopment, say researchers.
Inside a Child's Brain
Source: ABC 7 News
What doctors are seeing by watching brains in action could change not only the way mental disorders are diagnosed but also treated. University of Illinois at Chicago researchers are now using brain imaging to help identify which children have ADHD and which have bipolar disorder. Both disorders share similar characteristics. Getting the diagnoses right can be tricky, and a misdiagnosis can lead to the wrong treatment.
How to Assess a College's Mental Health Offerings
Source: New York Times
College can be a time of increased stress and instability for teens and young adults. Michael Winerip, New York Times Education Columnist, offers five key suggestions on how students and parents might assess the mental health offerings at individual colleges.
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