Bipolar Disorder

Did you know that bipolar disorder often develops during a person's late teens or early adult years?

3% of American adults live with bipolar disorder each year. Tweet >

Bipolar disorder causes dramatic mood swings—from feeling overly “high” and/or irritable to sad and hopeless, and then back again, often with periods of normal mood in between. Severe changes in energy and behavior go along with these episodes. The periods of highs and lows are called episodes of mania  and depression. It is often not recognized as an illness, and people may suffer for years before it is properly diagnosed and treated.

At least half of all cases start before age 25. Some people have their first bipolar disorder symptoms during childhood, while others may develop symptoms late in life.

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James B. Potash, M.D., M.P.H. - Brain & Behavior Research expert on bipolar disorder
James B. Potash, M.D., M.P.H.
August 30, 2016
Bipolar disorder runs in families, but researchers have struggled to identify specific genetic factors that put people at risk. Now, by scrutinizing the genes...
Long-term Lithium Treatment May Prevent Shrinking of Hippocampus in Bipolar Disorder Patients
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In the first neuroimaging study of its kind, scientists show that long-term lithium treatment for bipolar disorder can positively influence the volume of the...
Amit Anand, M.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on bipolar disorder
Amit Anand, M.D.
August 01, 2016
Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to observe neural connectivity in the brains of bipolar disorder patients, scientists have identified...
Benjamin I. Goldstein, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Benjamin I. Goldstein
June 23, 2016
Researchers have discovered new clues as to how exercise beneficially impacts brain activity in young people with bipolar disorder. Cognitive dysfunction is...
Emory University, and including 1999 NARSAD Independent Investigator Mark Hyman Rapaport, M.D. of Emory University, 1999 NARSAD Independent Investigator Grantee
Mark Hyman Rapaport, M.D.
May 16, 2016
In an analysis of the results of 114 prior studies, scientists have found that some people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder...

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