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Creativity and bipolar disorder

Katrine Kveli Fjukstad, Anne Engum, Stian Lydersen, Ingrid Dieset, Nils Eiel Steen, Ole A Andreassen, Olav Spigset
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to examine the effect of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) on cardiovascular risk factors in patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. METHOD: We used data from a cross-sectional study on 1301 patients with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, of whom 280 were treated with SSRIs. The primary outcome variable was the serum concentration of total cholesterol. Secondary outcome variables were low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, triglyceride and glucose levels, body mass index, waist circumference, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
Chih-Ken Chen, Chau-Shoun Lee, Hsuan-Yu Chen, Lawrence Shih-Hsin Wu, Jung-Chen Chang, Chia-Yih Liu, Andrew Tai-Ann Cheng
BACKGROUND: Genetic variants and medication adherence have been identified to be the main factors contributing to lithium treatment response in bipolar disorders. AIMS: To simultaneously examine effects of variant glutamate decarboxylase-like protein 1 (GADL1) and medication adherence on response to lithium maintenance treatment in Han Chinese patients with bipolar I (BPI) disorder. METHOD: Frequencies of manic and depressive episodes between carriers and non-carriers of the effective GADL1 rs17026688 T allele during the cumulative periods of off-lithium, poor adherence to lithium treatment and good adherence to lithium treatment were compared in Han Chinese patients with BPI disorder (n=215)...
September 2016: BJPsych Open
Clare Dolman, Ian R Jones, Louise M Howard
BACKGROUND: Women with bipolar disorder are at increased risk of having a severe episode of illness associated with childbirth. AIMS: To explore the factors that influence the decision-making of women with bipolar disorder regarding pregnancy and childbirth. METHOD: Qualitative study with a purposive sample of women with bipolar disorder considering pregnancy, or currently or previously pregnant, supplemented by data from an online forum. Data were analysed using thematic analysis...
September 2016: BJPsych Open
Donald M Lyall, Hazel M Inskip, Daniel Mackay, Ian J Deary, Andrew M McIntosh, Matthew Hotopf, Tony Kendrick, Jill P Pell, Daniel J Smith
BACKGROUND: Low birth weight has been inconsistently associated with risk of developing affective disorders, including major depressive disorder (MDD). To date, studies investigating possible associations between birth weight and bipolar disorder (BD), or personality traits known to predispose to affective disorders such as neuroticism, have not been conducted in large cohorts. AIMS: To assess whether very low birth weight (<1500 g) and low birth weight (1500-2490 g) were associated with higher neuroticism scores assessed in middle age, and lifetime history of either MDD or BD...
January 2016: BJPsych Open
Yi-Ju Pan, Ling-Ling Yeh, Yu-Chun Chen, Kuei-Hong Kuo, Chin-Kuo Chang
BACKGROUND: Evidence regarding the relationships between the socioeconomic status and long-term outcomes of individuals with bipolar affective disorder (BPD) is lacking. AIMS: We aimed to estimate the effects of baseline socioeconomic status on longitudinal outcomes. METHOD: A national cohort of adult participants with newly diagnosed BPD was identified in 2008. The effects of personal and household socioeconomic status were explored on outcomes of hospital treatment, mortality and healthcare costs, over a 3-year follow-up period (2008-2011)...
January 2016: BJPsych Open
Chen Zhang
The present diagnostic classification of mental illnesses is primarily based on symptomatology. A recent cross-disorder genome-wide association study revealed that there were genetic similarities between multiple clinically defined diagnoses (including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and autism spectrum disorder) on regions of chromosomes 3p21 and 10q24 and single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within two L-type voltage-gated calcium channel subunits of CACNA1C and CACNB2...
February 25, 2016: Shanghai Archives of Psychiatry
Marie J C Forgeard, Rebecca L Pearl, Joey Cheung, Lara S Rifkin, Courtney Beard, Thröstur Björgvinsson
BACKGROUND: Beliefs about mental illness affect how individuals cope with their symptoms. Positive beliefs about mental illness (PBMI) refer to perceptions of positive attributes individuals may identify in their illness, such as beneficial consequences, enhanced creativity or cognition, or growth through adversity. METHODS: The present study developed and tested a brief measure of PBMI in 332 adults presenting for partial hospitalization with a variety of acute psychiatric conditions...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
Saínza García, Mónica Martínez-Cengotitabengoa, Saioa López-Zurbano, Iñaki Zorrilla, Purificación López, Eduard Vieta, Ana González-Pinto
Antipsychotics are the drugs prescribed to treat psychotic disorders; however, patients often fail to adhere to their treatment, and this has a severe negative effect on prognosis in these kinds of illnesses. Among the wide range of risk factors for treatment nonadherence, this systematic review covers those that are most important from the point of view of clinicians and patients and proposes guidelines for addressing them. Analyzing 38 studies conducted in a total of 51,796 patients, including patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders and bipolar disorder, we found that younger age, substance abuse, poor insight, cognitive impairments, low level of education, minority ethnicity, poor therapeutic alliance, experience of barriers to care, high intensity of delusional symptoms and suspiciousness, and low socioeconomic status are the main risk factors for medication nonadherence in both types of disorder...
August 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
Carlos Roncero, Elena Ros-Cucurull, Lara Grau-López, Christian Fadeuilhe, Miguel Casas
OBJECTIVES: Episodes of psychotic agitation are frequent in patients with dual diagnosis, that is, in patients with concomitant psychiatric and substance use disorders. Rapid intervention is needed to treat the agitation at a mild stage to prevent the escalation to aggressive behavior. Inhaled loxapine has been demonstrated to rapidly improve symptoms of mild-to-moderate agitation in adults with psychiatric disorders (schizophrenia and bipolar disorder), but data on patients with dual diagnosis are scarce...
July 2016: Clinical Neuropharmacology
Matthijs Baas, Bernard A Nijstad, Nathalie C Boot, Carsten K W De Dreu
Although many believe that creativity associates with a vulnerability to psychopathology, research findings are inconsistent. Here we address this possible linkage between risk of psychopathology and creativity in nonclinical samples. We propose that propensity for specific psychopathologies can be linked to basic motivational approach and avoidance systems, and that approach and avoidance motivation differentially influences creativity. Based on this reasoning, we predict that propensity for approach-based psychopathologies (e...
June 2016: Psychological Bulletin
Marco Mula, Bruce Hermann, Michael R Trimble
In this paper, we review in brief the development of ideas that over time have tried to explain why some individuals are more creative than others and what may be the neurobiological links underlying artistic creativity. We note associations with another unique human idea, that of genius. In particular, we discuss frontotemporal dementia and bipolar, cyclothymic mood disorder as clinical conditions that are helping to unravel the underlying neuroanatomy and neurochemistry of human creativity. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled "Epilepsy, Art, and Creativity"...
April 2016: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
Robert A Power, Stacy Steinberg, Gyda Bjornsdottir, Cornelius A Rietveld, Abdel Abdellaoui, Michel M Nivard, Magnus Johannesson, Tessel E Galesloot, Jouke J Hottenga, Gonneke Willemsen, David Cesarini, Daniel J Benjamin, Patrik K E Magnusson, Fredrik Ullén, Henning Tiemeier, Albert Hofman, Frank J A van Rooij, G Bragi Walters, Engilbert Sigurdsson, Thorgeir E Thorgeirsson, Andres Ingason, Agnar Helgason, Augustine Kong, Lambertus A Kiemeney, Philipp Koellinger, Dorret I Boomsma, Daniel Gudbjartsson, Hreinn Stefansson, Kari Stefansson
We tested whether polygenic risk scores for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder would predict creativity. Higher scores were associated with artistic society membership or creative profession in both Icelandic (P = 5.2 × 10(-6) and 3.8 × 10(-6) for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder scores, respectively) and replication cohorts (P = 0.0021 and 0.00086). This could not be accounted for by increased relatedness between creative individuals and those with psychoses, indicating that creativity and psychosis share genetic roots...
July 2015: Nature Neuroscience
Sheri L Johnson, Greg Murray, Sharon Hou, Paige J Staudenmaier, Michael A Freeman, Erin E Michalak
OBJECTIVE: Beyond evidence for an association, little is known about the mechanism linking creativity bipolar spectrum conditions. Theory suggests that ambition, which is heightened in bipolar disorder (BD) and associated with creativity in the general population, might be an important variable. The overarching aim of this project was to evaluate whether ambition is related to creativity among those with bipolar spectrum conditions. METHOD: Across two studies, we examined correlations between a validated self-report measure of ambition, the WASSUP, and creativity...
June 1, 2015: Journal of Affective Disorders
Sheri L Johnson, Michelle Moezpoor, Greg Murray, Rachelle Hole, Steven J Barnes, Erin E Michalak
Bipolar disorder (BD) has been related to heightened creativity, yet core questions remain unaddressed about this association. We used qualitative methods to investigate how highly creative individuals with BD understand the role of symptoms and treatment in their creativity, and possible mechanisms underpinning this link. Twenty-two individuals self-identified as highly creative and living with BD took part in focus groups and completed quantitative measures of symptoms, quality of life (QoL), and creativity...
January 2016: Qualitative Health Research
Christine Mohr, Gordon Claridge
A long-standing tradition in personality research in psychology, and nowadays increasingly in psychiatry, is that psychotic and psychotic-like thoughts are considered common experiences in the general population. Given their widespread occurrence, such experiences cannot merely reflect pathological functioning. Moreover, reflecting the multi-dimensionality of schizotypy, some dimensions might be informative for healthy functioning while others less so. Here, we explored these possibilities by reviewing research that links schizotypy to favorable functioning such as subjective wellbeing, cognitive functioning (major focus on creativity), and personality correlates...
March 2015: Schizophrenia Bulletin
Kalyan B Bhattacharyya, Saurabh Rai
Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most celebrated creative artists of all time. All his life, he was afflicted by some kind of neurological or psychiatric disorder, which remains a mystery even today. Many historians and his personal physicians believe that he suffered from epilepsy while others felt that he was affected by Ménière's disease. Features such as hypergraphia, atypical sexuality, and viscosity of thinking suggest the possibility of Gastaut-Geschwind phenomenon, a known complication of complex partial seizure...
January 2015: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
Katherine Taylor, I Fletcher, F Lobban
BACKGROUND: The links between bipolar disorder (BD) and creativity have historically attracted academic and public interest. Previous research highlights common characteristics of people considered to be highly creative, and those diagnosed with BD, including extraversion, impulsivity, divergent thinking and high motivation (Ma, 2009). METHOD: In the first phenomenological study focussing on the links between creativity and extreme mood, an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) approach was used to collect and analyse in-depth interview data from seven people diagnosed with BD in the UK...
March 15, 2015: Journal of Affective Disorders
Stephanie H Witt, Nikolaus Kleindienst, Josef Frank, Jens Treutlein, Thomas Mühleisen, Franziska Degenhardt, Martin Jungkunz, Bertram Krumm, Sven Cichon, André Tadic, Norbert Dahmen, Cornelia E Schwarze, Björn Schott, Lydia Dietl, Markus M Nöthen, Arian Mobascher, Klaus Lieb, Stefan Roepke, Dan Rujescu, Marcella Rietschel, Christian Schmahl, Martin Bohus
The objective of this study was to investigate the hypothesis that borderline personality disorder (BPD) and bipolar disorder (BD) share genetic variation through analysis of known genetic risk factors for BD in a well-characterized BPD case-control cohort. Genotyping of five genome-wide significant variants identified for BD (in CACNA1C, ANK3, and ODZ4) was performed in 673 BPD cases and 748 controls. A nominally significant association with BPD was found for rs1006737 in CACNA1C (P=0.0498). Sex-specific analysis showed that this signal was present only in women...
December 2014: Psychiatric Genetics
Darya L Zabelina, David Condon, Mark Beeman
Previous research provides disparate accounts of the putative association between creativity and psychopathology, including schizotypy, psychoticism, hypomania, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorders. To examine these association, healthy, non-clinical participants completed several psychopathology-spectrum measures, often postulated to associate with creativity: the Schizotypal Personality Questionnaire, the Psychoticism scale, the Personality Inventory for DSM-5, the Hypomanic Personality Scale, the Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder scale, the Beck Depression Inventory, and the Autism-Spectrum Quotient...
2014: Frontiers in Psychology
Margina Ruiter, Sheri L Johnson
BACKGROUND: Substantial literature has linked bipolar disorder and risk for bipolar disorder with creative accomplishment, but few multimodal studies of creativity are available, and little is known about mechanisms. METHODS: We use a multi-method approach to test the association of bipolar risk with several creativity measures, including creative accomplishments, creative personality traits, and a laboratory index of insight. We also examined whether multiple facets of motivation accounted for the links of bipolar risk with creativity...
January 1, 2015: Journal of Affective Disorders
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