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Bipolar Disorder Overview in a Slideshow

Dr Shock
April 23, 2009
An excellent slideshow with an overview about Bipolar Disorder. The site is sponsored but the information on bipolar disorder is correct, useful and very readable. RxList.com Bipolar Disorder Overview Slideshow ..read more »

Bipolar Disorder; Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment.

Dr Shock
December 24, 2008
A short but adequate summary of bipolar disorder. To the point on BBC Health. Our moods are rarely completely stable and the world would be a very boring place if they were, but in bipolar disorder, mood swings aren't like normal highs and lows, they're much more intense. ..read more »

Omega-3 fatty acids for bipolar disorder

Dr Shock
June 20, 2008
A Cochrane systematic review investigated the efficacy of omega-3 fatty acids for bipolar disorder. Only one trial out of 5 provided data that could be analysed, investigating ethyl-EPA(=eicosapentaenoic acid) as an adjunctive treatment in a mixed outpatient population. Some positive benefits were found for depressive symptoms but not for mania, and no adverse events were reported. There is currently insufficient evidence on which to base any clear recommendations concerning omega-3 fatty acids for bipolar disorder. However, given the general health benefits and safety of omega-3, the preliminary evidence from this review provides a strong case for well-powered, high-quality trials in .....read more »

What You Ought to Know About a Possible New Drug for Bipolar disorder

Dr Shock
July 10, 2007
A new candidate drug for bipolar disorder is being designed by researchers in Chicago and New York. It works as well in mice as do the currently prescribed drugs. They hope that it will ultimately provide relief without the side-effects of present treatments.Bipolar disorder, which afflicts about 1% of adults, is typically treated with drugs called mood stabilizers, especially lithium is used. Lithium is thought to act by blocking the function of an enzyme called glycogen synthase kinase-3beta (GSK-3beta) in the brain.Kozikowski and colleagues did two things. First, they looked for a way to improve binding to the enzyme. They .....read more »