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Misbah Salim, Verinder Sharma, Kelly K Anderson
We conducted a systematic review of the literature to determine the prevalence of mood episode recurrences during pregnancy among women with bipolar disorder. Included studies (n = 11) had wide variation in the reported proportions of pregnant women with bipolar disorder who experienced a recurrence (median = 24%, range = 4-73%). There is some evidence that pregnant women are more likely to have a depressive or mixed episode, rather than hypomanic or manic. The extant literature cannot answer the question of how pregnancy affects the course of bipolar disorder; it merely informs us of the effect of medication discontinuation during pregnancy...
March 17, 2018: Archives of Women's Mental Health
Bertine de Vries, Jooske T van Busschbach, Elisabeth C D van der Stouwe, André Aleman, Jan J M van Dijk, Paul H Lysaker, Johan Arends, Saskia A Nijman, Gerdina H M Pijnenborg
Psychotic disorders often have been linked with violence. However, studies have shown that people with a psychotic disorder are more often victim than perpetrator of violence. The objective of this meta-analysis was to review prevalence rates for different types of victimization and to identify risk factors associated with victimization. Based on a search in MEDLINE, PsycINFO, and Web of Science, 27 studies were found with samples consisting of adults with a psychotic disorder and possible victimization occurring during adulthood and data on "violent victimization," "sexual victimization," "non-violent victimization," and/or "victimization not otherwise specified...
March 14, 2018: Schizophrenia Bulletin
Ali Sahraian, Zahra Ehsaei, Arash Mowla
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Our Objective is to study the effects of aripiprazole as an adjuvant treatment for obsessive and compulsive (OC) symptoms in patients with bipolar disorder (BD) type I, manic phase. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this 8-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial, 56 patients with BD who had OC symptoms were randomly allocated to receive aripiprazole or placebo plus their routine medication regimen (lithium + clonazepam)...
March 12, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
Gordon Parker, Amelia Paterson, Mia Romano, Isabelle Granville Smith
OBJECTIVES: To increase awareness of the sensory changes experienced during hypo/manic and depressive states by those with a bipolar disorder and determine if the prevalence of such features is similar across differing bipolar sub-types. METHODS: We interviewed 66 patients who acknowledged sensory changes during hypo/manic states. They were allocated to bipolar I, bipolar II and soft bipolar diagnostic categories and the prevalence of 10 differing sensory changes was quantified during hypo/manic and depressive phases...
March 1, 2018: Australasian Psychiatry: Bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Juliana Brum Moraes, Michael Maes, Chutima Roomruangwong, Kamila Landucci Bonifacio, Decio Sabbatini Barbosa, Heber Odebrecht Vargas, George Anderson, Marta Kubera, Andre F Carvalho, Sandra Odebrecht Vargas Nunes
Early life trauma (ELT) may increase the risk towards bipolar disorder (BD) and major depression (MDD), disorders associated with activated neuro-oxidative and neuro-nitrosative stress (O&NS) pathways. It has remained elusive whether ELTs are associated with O&NS and which ELTs are associated with distinct affective disorder phenotypes. This case-control study examined patients with BD (n = 68) and MDD (n = 37) and healthy controls (n = 66). The Child Trauma Questionnaire (CTQ) was used to assess specific ELT...
March 14, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
Gin S Malhi, Tim Outhred, Grace Morris, Philip M Boyce, Richard Bryant, Paul B Fitzgerald, Malcolm J Hopwood, Bill Lyndon, Roger Mulder, Greg Murray, Richard J Porter, Ajeet B Singh, Kristina Fritz
In December 2015, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists published a comprehensive set of mood disorder clinical practice guidelines for psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health professionals. This guideline summary, directed broadly at primary care physicians, is an abridged version that focuses on bipolar disorder. It is intended as an aid to the management of this complex disorder for primary care physicians working in collaboration with psychiatrists to implement successful long term management...
March 19, 2018: Medical Journal of Australia
Mario Gennaro Mazza, Sara Lucchi, Agnese Grazia Maria Tringali, Aurora Rossetti, Eugenia Rossana Botti, Massimo Clerici
The immune and inflammatory system is involved in the etiology of mood disorders. Neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio (NLR), platelet/lymphocyte ratio (PLR) and monocyte/lymphocyte ratio (MLR) are inexpensive and reproducible biomarkers of inflammation. This is the first meta-analysis exploring the role of NLR and PLR in mood disorder. We identified 11 studies according to our inclusion criteria from the main Electronic Databases. Meta-analyses were carried out generating pooled standardized mean differences (SMDs) between index and healthy controls (HC)...
March 10, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
Mario F Mendez
Studies suggest a relationship of manic behavior and bipolar disorder (BD) with behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD). The nature of this relationship is unclear. This report presents a patient with initial manic behavior as the main manifestation of familial bvFTD from a novel progranulin (GRN) mutation. In contrast, there are other reports of a long background of BD preceding a diagnosis of bvFTD. A review of the literature and this patient suggest that manic symptoms result from damage to right frontotemporal neural structures from longstanding BD, as well as from bvFTD and other focal neurological disorders...
2018: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
Eduard Vieta, Michael Berk, Thomas G Schulze, André F Carvalho, Trisha Suppes, Joseph R Calabrese, Keming Gao, Kamilla W Miskowiak, Iria Grande
Bipolar disorders are chronic and recurrent disorders that affect >1% of the global population. Bipolar disorders are leading causes of disability in young people as they can lead to cognitive and functional impairment and increased mortality, particularly from suicide and cardiovascular disease. Psychiatric and nonpsychiatric medical comorbidities are common in patients and might also contribute to increased mortality. Bipolar disorders are some of the most heritable psychiatric disorders, although a model with gene-environment interactions is believed to best explain the aetiology...
March 8, 2018: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
Maria Faurholt-Jepsen
Major reasons for the insufficient effects of current treatment options in bipolar disorder include delayed intervention for prodromal depressive and manic symptoms and decreased adherence to psychopharmacological treatment. The reliance on subjective information and clinical evaluations when diagnosing and assessing the severity of depressive and manic symptoms calls for less biased and more objective markers. By using electronic devices, fine-grained data on complex psychopathological aspects of bipolar disorder can be evaluated unobtrusively over the long term...
March 2018: Danish Medical Journal
B Solé, C M Bonnin, E Jiménez, C Torrent, I Torres, C Varo, E Valls, L Montejo, C Gómez-Ocaña, Y Tomioka, E Vieta, A Martinez-Aran, M Reinares
OBJECTIVE: The aim was to examine the heterogeneity of psychosocial outcomes in euthymic bipolar disorder (BD) patients and analyse the potential influence of distinct variables on functioning. METHOD: Using a hierarchical cluster exploratory analysis, 143 euthymic patients with diagnosis of BD were grouped according to their functional performance based on domains scores of the Functioning Assessment Short Test (FAST). The resulting groups were compared on sociodemographic, clinical and neurocognitive variables to find factors associated with each functional cluster...
March 5, 2018: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Anne Duffy, Paul Grof
INTRODUCTION: There is a resurgence of interest in lithium treatment of bipolar disorders in part related to its unique anti-suicidal and neuroprotective effects. METHODS: This is a narrative review of key studies pertaining to the effectiveness and tolerability of lithium treatment in pediatric populations. RESULTS: Evidence supports that lithium is an effective and generally well-tolerated acute treatment for pediatric mania compared to placebo...
February 28, 2018: Pharmacopsychiatry
Pelin Unalan Ozpercin, Burcu Kok Kendirlioglu, Sule Sozen, Ozge Yuksel, Refik Cihnioğlu, Tevfik Kalelioglu, Nesrin Karamustafalioglu
INTRODUCTION: In recent years, the role of inflammation in the pathogenesis of Bipolar Disorder (BD) has been studied thoroughly. Urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (uPAR) is one of the molecules, whose concentration is of predictive value with regards to an ongoing inflammation and tissue regeneration, and it is hypothesized that it may also be altered in Bipolar Disorder. In this study, it is aimed to compare the levels of serum soluble uPAR during the manic, depressive and euthymic states of cases diagnosed with bipolar disorder, with healthy individuals...
February 17, 2018: Psychoneuroendocrinology
Lawson R Wulsin, Thomas J Blom, Michelle Durling, Jeffrey A Welge, Melissa P DelBello, Caleb M Adler, Robert K McNamara, Stephen M Strakowski
OBJECTIVES: The aims of the present study were to characterize cardiometabolic risk factors in a cohort of bipolar disorder patients with limited exposure to psychotropic medications, and to evaluate their associations with mood symptoms and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) blood levels. METHODS: Cardiometabolic risk assessments were compared in individuals with bipolar I disorder experiencing a first manic or mixed episode or an early depressive episode (n=117) and healthy subjects (n=56)...
February 26, 2018: Bipolar Disorders
Kenji Hashimoto
Major depressive disorder (MDD) and bipolar disorder (BD) are the most common mood disorders. They are etiologically related, but clinically distinct psychiatric illnesses. Their shared clinical features result in high rates of misdiagnosis due to a lack of biomarkers that allow their differentiation. BD is more frequently misdiagnosed as MDD because of overlapping symptomology, often later onset of mania, and frequent occurrence of depressive episodes in patients with BD. Misdiagnosis is also increased when patients with BD present symptoms indicative of a clinically significant depressive episode, but are premorbid for manic symptoms, or previous manic states not recognized...
2018: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
Dian-Jeng Li, Ching-Hua Lin, Feng-Chua Chen
BACKGROUND: Bipolar disorder is a complicated and chronic mental disorder. This study investigated factors affecting time to remission for inpatients with bipolar mania after 4 weeks of acute treatment. METHODS: This naturalistic study recruited inpatients with bipolar mania for acute treatment. Symptom severity was assessed using the Young Mania Rating Scale (YMRS) at weeks 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4. Patients were included if they had had assessments at weeks 0 and 1 Remission was defined as an YMRS score ≤ 12...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Affective Disorders
Rena Pombo, Etta Johnson, Alejandra Gamboa, Bennet Omalu
Manic episodes induced by antidepressant withdrawal are rarely reported. Mirtazapine is a tetracyclic, piperazinoazepine compound and is a noradrenergic, adrenergic, serotonergic, histaminergic, and muscarinic-antagonist antidepressant that is used for the treatment of major depression and other psychiatric illnesses. There are several reported cases of manic/hypomanic episodes induced by mirtazapine withdrawal based on suspected clinical symptoms that were not confirmed by autopsy and toxicology. We present the first reported case of mirtazapine withdrawal-induced mania/hypomania associated with sudden death and confirmed by autopsy and toxicology...
October 2017: Journal of Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapeutics
Giulio Perugi, Giulia Vannucchi, Margherita Barbuti, Giuseppe Maccariello, Andrea De Bartolomeis, Andrea Fagiolini, Giuseppe Maina
This observational study aimed to identify internal (clinical-demographic, temperamental characteristics) and external (childhood trauma, psychosocial characteristics) factors potentially predicting remission at 12 weeks in bipolar-I patients experiencing manic episode and requiring to start or switch treatment with oral antipsychotics and/or mood stabilizers. The following scales were administered: the Young Mania Rating Scale (YMRS), the Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS), the Functioning Assessment Short Test (FAST), and the Clinical Global Impression for Bipolar Disorders (CGI-BP)...
February 20, 2018: International Clinical Psychopharmacology
W Zheng, Q-E Zhang, D-B Cai, X-H Yang, Y Qiu, G S Ungvari, C H Ng, M Berk, Y-P Ning, Y-T Xiang
OBJECTIVE: This systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) examined the efficacy and safety of adjunctive N-acetylcysteine (NAC), an antioxidant drug, in treating major depressive disorder (MDD), bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. METHODS: The PubMed, Cochrane Library, PsycINFO, CNKI, CBM, and WanFang databases were independently searched and screened by two researchers. Standardized mean differences (SMDs), risk ratios, and their 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were computed...
February 18, 2018: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Robert Gonzalez, Trisha Suppes, Jamie Zeitzer, Colleen McClung, Carol Tamminga, Mauricio Tohen, Angelica Forero, Alok Dwivedi, Andres Alvarado
BACKGROUND: Multiple types of chronobiological disturbances have been reported in bipolar disorder, including characteristics associated with general activity levels, sleep, and rhythmicity. Previous studies have focused on examining the individual relationships between affective state and chronobiological characteristics. The aim of this study was to conduct a variable cluster analysis in order to ascertain how mood states are associated with chronobiological traits in bipolar I disorder (BDI)...
February 19, 2018: International Journal of Bipolar Disorders
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