Monday, September 28, 2015

FDA Approves New Drug Vraylar

A new antipsychotic drug that can be used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in adults has been approved by the FDA.
Vraylar belongs to a class of drugs known as atypical antipsychotics. Others in this group include Abilify (aripiprazole), Seroquel (quetiapine) and Risperdal (risperidone).

Monday, December 8, 2014

Latest Updates and Research on Bi Polar

New research have opened scientific understanding and clinical management of bipolar disorder. Recent advances in bipolar disease research are described in this month's special issue of Harvard Review of Psychiatry.
 Some of the new research includes:

  •  The role of white matter disease. 
  • Stress and HPA axis function. 
  • Effectiveness of lithium. 
  •  Functional remediation. 

 More information: Harvard Review of Psychiatry,

Monday, September 23, 2013

More evidence for bi polar battle of the sexes

Men and women handle bipolar disorders differently. That may not sound earth shattering to anybody, but now we're getting specific. Bipolar men were more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol than women. Bipolar women were more likely to have a co-morbid phobia or eating disorder Women were more likely to have metabolic issues (obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes) Men were more likely to develop neurological disorders For the more info on the study that was conducted with 1000 subjects visit the Scienedirect page.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Exploding Bi Polar Disorders

When celebrities 'come out' about their bi polar disorders chances are it wasn't by choice. Typically there's a very very public breakdown that goes viral. Carrier Fisher would be a recent example. People did a bit on her recent episode on a cruise ship. Culturally, consumers will eat up anything that is even mildly controversial, or that displays the demise of a once beloved celebrity. I'd love to see these individuals get help before it goes public. Public breakdowns sensationalize a real problem. It's not that the public can't handle the grisly reality some face, but it pushes those who struggle further to the margins.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

It's one thing to have bipolar

It's quite another to think you have bipolar disorder but really you were misdiagnosed. There is a spike in reported cases, and it's coming to light that many times that's a result of misdiagnosis.

"From 1993-2004, the diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children increased by 40 fold  (Moreno, et al 2007 The extent misdiagnosis happens is up to wild debate. But that doesn't 'stop more and more studies from coming out, and stats being released, to confirm there's an upward trend.