Exploring The Link Between Bipolar Disorder & Eating Disorders

I recently came across the very moving and informative US documentary on anorexia treatment entitled ‘Thin’.  Following the highs and lows of several women who were engaged in a desperate battle with a serious, but deeply misunderstood illness, made for difficult watching.  Many of these women were also fighting anxiety disorders and depression.  And so … More Exploring The Link Between Bipolar Disorder & Eating Disorders

Lithium: An Effective Means of Reducing Suicide Risk in Bipolar Patients

According to Traci Pedersen writing in psychcentral.com, a new study shows that lithium treatment reduces the risk of suicide in patients with bipolar disorder or depression by more than 60%, compared to placebo. Interestingly, although there is some evidence that lithium decreases aggression and perhaps impulsivity, which may be another mechanism mediating the antisuicidal effect, the study conducted by Andrea Cipriani, Keith Hawton, Sarah … More Lithium: An Effective Means of Reducing Suicide Risk in Bipolar Patients

Neuroimaging: A New Diagnostic Tool for Bipolar Disorder?

According to ‘ScienceBlog’ : ‘MRI may be an effective way to diagnose mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder, according to experts from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. In a landmark study using advanced techniques, the researchers were able to correctly distinguish bipolar patients from healthy individuals based on their brain scans alone. The … More Neuroimaging: A New Diagnostic Tool for Bipolar Disorder?