Bipolar I disorder is primarily defined by manic or mixed episodes that last for at least 7 days, or very severe manic symptoms needing immediate hospital care. The patient also has depressive episodes which may last for at least 2 weeks.
Bipolar II disorder is usually misdiagnosed. It is characterized by occurence of ≥1 major depressive episodes with at least 1 hypomanic episode.
Cyclothymic disorder or cyclothymia is a mild form of bipolar disorder. Patients have episodes of hypomania alternating with mild depression that lasts for 2 years.
Rapid-cycling bipolar disorder patients have ≥4 episodes of major depression, mania, hypomania or mixed symptoms within a year.
Individuals with attention deficiency hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or anxiety are at greater risk of developing bipolar disorder, according to a study. Moreover, the risk further increases in those who have received diagnoses of both ADHD and anxiety.
Cognitive deficits in bipolar disorder are neurodevelopmental rather than neurodegenerative in nature, a recent study has reported. Furthermore, cognitive impairment in bipolar patients appears to be stable, in the majority at least.
The use of lithium treatment appears to be effective in patients with bipolar disorder with suspected suicidal intentions, according to a recent study. However, risk for suicide is only one of the many considerations when providing clinical care.
Sleep loss may trigger mania or high mood episode in about one in four individuals with bipolar disorder, and this vulnerability is particularly pronounced among women or those with bipolar disorder type I, a study suggests.
There is less gray matter volume and reduced structural and functional connectivity in a ventral frontolimbic neural system subserving emotion regulation among adolescents and young adults with bipolar disorder who attempted suicide, a study has found.
There is no positive association between methylphenidate and treatment-emergent mania among patients with bipolar disorder simultaneously taking a mood-stabilizing medication, reports a new study. This is clinically important given that up to 20 percent of individuals with bipolar disorder have comorbid attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Statin appears to provide lipid-lowering benefits in patients with severe mental illness such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, and this effect is of similar magnitude to that observed in the general population, according to a study. However, the drug does not yield reductions in cardiovascular (CV) events or all-cause mortality.
Maintenance treatment with lithium, rather than quetiapine, may induce greater improvements in depression, mania and psychotic symptoms over 12 months in patients treated with a combination of lithium and quetiapine for a first manic episode with psychotic features, according to the results of a trial.
Use of standard-dose aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) appears to confer protection against the risk of endometrial cancer in overweight and obese women, according to a meta-analysis.
Less than 15 percent of Singaporean adolescents get the recommended 8–10 hours of sleep on a school night, reports a recent study, noting that such short sleep duration is linked to symptoms of depression, overweight or obesity, and poorer self-rated health.
Obstructive sleep apnoea may increase the risk of male-pattern baldness in men with a family history of hair loss, and this association appears to be mediated by low serum transferrin saturation levels related to hypoxia, a study suggests.