Anxiety, depression in young people could be early symptoms of bipolar disorder

Anxiety, depression in young people could be early symptoms of bipolar disorder

A study has recently found that early anxiety and disorders of attention or behaviour are two patterns of psychiatric symptoms that may help to identify young people at increased risk of developing bipolar disorder (BD). According to researchers, early signs of BD can fall into a relatively characteristic “homotypic” pattern, consisting mainly of symptoms or other features associated with mood disorders; or a “heterotypic” pattern of other symptoms including anxiety and disruptive behaviour. Environmental risk factors and exposures can also contribute to BD risk. The team analysed data from 39…

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Preggers with bipolar disorders suffer huge risk of postpartum psychosis

Preggers with bipolar disorders suffer huge risk of postpartum psychosis

Postpartum psychosis almost always stems from bipolar disorder but is often missed because of its rarity and lack of research on the subject. Compounding the problem, physicians are reluctant to prescribe lithium for breastfeeding women for fear that the drug will negatively impact the baby. However, a small number of lithium-treated mothers and breastfed babies have been studied and the infants had no adverse effects with careful follow up, said Winser, the lead author. Lithium is the most effective and fast-acting drug to treat postpartum psychosis. Postpartum psychosis increases the…

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