Avoiding Common Triggers for Bipolar Episodes

Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme fluctuations of emotion, from tremendously upbeat and capable mania to feeling completely paralyzed and incapable, known as depressive episodes. Feelings of sadness and self-reproach make even simple tasks like conversing or grooming seem monumental, and working feels impossible. Many with the disorder say these emotional shifts are triggered by…

New Brain Scan Distinguishes Between Bipolar, Unipolar Depression

Blood flow across different regions of the brain may help to distinguish between bipolar depression and ordinary “unipolar” depression, new research suggests. Although it’s a preliminary finding and a relatively small study, the existing difficulty in distinguishing between the two forms of depression and the invasive nature of positron emission tomography (PET scans) gives the…