Bipolar disorder is a particularly challenging mental disorder because finding the right strategy takes some trial and error. Meanwhile, the patient and their family may find it difficult to perform daily activities. The findings of a new study may help identify patients at risk for bipolar disorder. The study investigated bipolar disorder's genetic roots. UCLA Study Investigates Bipolar Disorder's Genetic Roots Investigators from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) have completed a study that provides new information about the genetic causes linked to bipolar. The researchers used a combination of cognitive testing, brain imaging, and a number of temperament and behavior tests. These tests allowed them to identify 50 brain and behavioral traits that show bipolar disorder's genetic roots. Senior author for the study Carrie Bearden, Ph.D. says there are likely many genes making up bipolar disorder's genetic roots. Bipolar disorder involves mood swings including: \tA depressive state identified by low mood, hopelessness, loneliness and a lack of motivation \tA manic state characterized by motivation, creativity, and energy. Details of the Bipolar Disorder Genetic Roots Study The researchers looked at the brain and behavioral measures that are tied to the biology of bipolar disorder. As opposed to clinical symptoms, these measures allow for a better idea of bipolar disorder's genetic roots. The researchers examined a total of 738 adults, of which 181 had a diagnosis of severe bipolar disorder. The researchers used high-resolution 3-D imaging to examine patients\u2019 brains. They also administered questionnaires that assessed personality traits and temperaments to the patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and also their non-bipolar relatives. In addition, the researchers provided the participants with a wide variety of cognitive assessments that measured attention, long-term memory, inhibitory control, and other neurocognitive abilities. Among the 50 measures that strongly suggested bipolar disorder's genetic roots, one important finding connected the thickness of gray matter in the temporal and prefrontal lobes of the brain, which appeared to be useful for genetic mapping. Bearden explains that the findings represent a first step in identifying the causes of bipolar disorder. The researchers will also extend their findings to include the children and teens in the families they examined. This is because they believe the symptoms found in bipolar adults may have developed during adolescence. The findings may lead to more research that eventually makes it possible to identify individuals that are most at risk for developing bipolar disorder. This would allow for there to be prevention strategies in cases where symptoms have not yet developed, and early intervention efforts in situations where initial symptoms have been reported. Treatment For Bipolar Disorder Lucida Treatment helps treat bipolar disorder through therapy. Therapy tackles the psychological roots of bipolar disorder. At Lucida Treatment, we offer a wide variety of therapies professionally designed to help you overcome bipolar disorder's genetic roots. Therapies offered at Lucida Treatment's anxiety treatment center include: \tCognitive Behavioral Therapy Program \tDialectical Behavior Therapy Program \tEye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy Program \tFamily Therapy Program \tGestalt Therapy Program \tGroup Therapy Program \tIndividual Therapy Program \tPsychodrama Therapy Program \tTrauma Therapy Program If you want to stop being hindered by bipolar disorder, Lucida Treatment can help!\u00a0 Contact us online or call us today at !