Study finds phone app as effective as conventional methods in treating mental disorders

Study finds phone app as effective as conventional methods in treating mental disorders

The rampant use of smartphone can increase the risk of developing various mental health conditions, say experts and some studies. However, a recent study has suggested that the use of phone apps can help in treating patients suffering from mental disorders like schizophrenia, bipolar and major depression. According to the study published in the Psychiatric Services in May 2018, a smartphone program was as effective as any other medical intervention in treating patients suffering from mental illness. Read more

Scientists warn bipolar patients against prolonged use of benzodiazepines/Z-drugs

Scientists warn bipolar patients against prolonged use of benzodiazepines/Z-drugs

People suffering from bipolar disorder, a complex mental problem, tend to take drugs to suppress their elevated mood levels or control their feelings of depression. Now, a recent study has suggested that patients of bipolar disorder taking benzodiazepines and/or Z-drugs, especially alprazolam and clonazepam, are at an increased risk of prolonged use of such drugs. Read more

Nick Gordon’s girlfriend takes responsibility for tiff, cites her bipolar disorder as reason

Nick Gordon’s girlfriend takes responsibility for tiff, cites her bipolar disorder as reason

The alleged domestic dispute between Nick Gordon and his girlfriend Laura Leal took an interesting turn when the latter said that she was at fault in the incident that saw the professional baseball player behind bars. Leal said that she had been diagnosed with bipolar, and had severe anger issues, which could have provoked Gordon. This was corroborated by Gordon’s account in the police records stating that Leal was violent and erratic. Read more

Light therapy can lower rate of switching from bipolar depression to mania, finds study

Light therapy can lower rate of switching from bipolar depression to mania, finds study

Bright light, especially that of the Sun, is important for the physical and mental well-being of an individual. In certain mental illnesses, such as depression, the lack of any form of light is found to aggravate the condition. Studies have proved that bright light therapy is helpful for treating depression. However, its role in the treatment of bipolar disorder was not clear. It was felt that while bright light therapy alleviated the symptoms of depression, it increased the risks of switching to the mania or hypomania phase, characterized by increased restlessness, euphoric feeling and risk-taking behavior. Read more

Bipolar disorder forces Unlockd CEO Matt Berriman to step aside

Bipolar disorder forces Unlockd CEO Matt Berriman to step aside

Matt Berriman, co-founder of Melbourne-based startup Unlockd, has decided to step aside as its chief executive officer. In an open write-up, the 33-year-old cited mental health issues as the reason for resigning from the top post. “Throughout the journey I began to experience symptoms, which I attributed for far too long to stress, lack of sleep and the start-up roller-coaster. What I did not know at the time was I was fighting a battle with bipolar disorder,” Berriman wrote. Read more

Personalized treatment can help address bipolar disorder better

Personalized treatment can help address bipolar disorder better

A “one-for-all” prevention and treatment strategy might prove effective in many medical conditions, but it does not work well for certain diseases that require a more specific therapeutic method. That’s where a personalized or precision treatment comes into play, when clinicians develop interventions for a particular group of people with a specific disease.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), precision medicine is an “emerging approach” for disease treatment and prevention based on personal variability in genes, environment and lifestyle for each individual. Personalized medicine aims to rectify past trial-and-error therapeutic strategies in order to improve treatment outcomes for patients. The role of precision medicine is particularly important in psychiatric ailments, such as bipolar disorder, which are associated with high risk of suicide. Read more

Singer O’Riordan’s life was difficult with bipolar disorder, depression and sexual assault

Singer O’Riordan’s life was difficult with bipolar disorder, depression and sexual assault

The sudden death of Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan has left many unanswered questions behind. The 46-year-old Irish singer, who had been in London for a short recording session, died on Jan. 15, 2018. She was found dead at the London Hilton hotel, where she was staying. The Police classified her death as “unexplained.” Read more

Roald Dahl’s daughter Tessa chronicles her life with bipolar disorder

Roald Dahl’s daughter Tessa chronicles her life with bipolar disorder

Prior to his death in 1990, the British storyteller and novelist, Roald Dahl said of his daughter Chantal Sophia aka Tessa Dahl, “She’s by far the most complicated of my children but she’s the most interesting.” Once considered as one of the most beautiful women in the world, the former British actress was arrested in Connecticut in November 2017 for failing to pay her hotel bill amounting to £4,000 (around $5,400).

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