Types of Bipolar Disorder

The American Psychiatric Association and the World Health Organization both define bipolar disorder not as a clearly defined condition, but rather as a spectrum of mood disorders that occur on a continuum of alternating moods. It causes patients to alternate between extremes of mania and depression, but they may also exhibit primarily one or the … Read more

Will Doctors Soon Be Able to Diagnosis Bipolar Disorder with a Simple Blood Test?

Many people believe that diagnoses of psychiatric disorders are entirely subjective, and that there are no true “biomarkers” — biological processes found in a blood test or with medical imaging that prove the indisputable existence of disease. While that isn’t entirely true for all psychiatric conditions, there has been no biomarker identified for bipolar disorder … Read more

Substance-Induced Bipolar Disorder

Substance abuse can lead to chemical imbalances in the brain that may cause symptoms similar to bipolar disorder. These symptoms include shifts between manic and depressive episodes that occur within a month of substance abuse or intoxication. Depressive episodes are characterized by sadness, hopelessness, and disinterest in daily life, while manic episodes are characterized by … Read more