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Bipolar Disorders

  • Bi-polar disorder - new drugs (No 66) - NICE has issued guidance to the NHS in England and Wales on the use of olanzapine and valproate semisodium in the treatment of acute mania associated with bipolar disorder.

  • Bipolar Disorder - Sometimes individuals experience severe mood swings from periods of extreme depression to periods of exaggerated happiness. This is known as bipolar disorder or manic-depressive illness, an illness that involves episodes of serious mania and depression. The individual's mood usually swings from overly "high" and irritable (mania) to sad and hopeless (depression) and then back again, with periods of normal moods interspersed. PsychNet.UK.

  • Bipolar disorder - A patient-oriented booklet about bipolar disorder covering awareness, recognition, treatment and contact advice. Published by National Institute of Mental Health of the National Institutes of Health.

  • Bipolar Disorder: European Description - The ICD-10 Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders World Health Organization, Geneva, 1992

  • Cyclothymic Disorder - Cyclothymic Disorder is a chronic bipolar disorder consisting of short periods of mild depression and short periods of hypomania, lasting a few days to a few weeks. Separated by short periods of normal mood. Individuals with cyclothymia are never free of symptoms of either depression or hypomania for more than two months at a time. PsychNet.UK.

  • eMedicine: Bipolar Affective Disorder - Manic-depressive illness (MDI) is one of the most common, severe, and persistent mental illnesses. It is characterized by periods of deep, prolonged, and profound depression that alternate with periods of excessively elevated and/or irritable mood known as mania.

  • emental-health.com: Bipolar disorder - Answers to frequently asked questions about bipolar illness or manic depression. For service users, families, friends or anyone with concerns.

  • emental-health.com: Treating bipolar disorder - Drug treatment, in combination with professional support and counselling and education for the family can reduce the frequency and severity of manic and depressive episodes, and allow people with bipolar illness to get on with their lives. But some people don't respond to existing drug treatments, and many have to endure unpleasant side-effects. Future research in bipolar illness is designed to tackle these problems.

  • Manic depression - This document is one of the Royal College of Psychiatrists public-orientated "Help is at Hand" leaflets, covering common mental health issues. This illustrated self-help leaflet provides information on manic depression, including the causes, symptoms, sources of help, and self-help and drug treatment for controlling mood swings.

  • MEDLINEplus Medical Encyclopedia: Bipolar disorder - Bipolar disorder is characterized by periods of excitability (mania) alternating with periods of depression. The "mood swings" between mania and depression are often very abrupt.

  • MEDLINEplus Medical Encyclopedia: Cyclothymic disorder - Cyclothymic disorder, also called cyclothymia, is a mild form of bipolar disorder, characterized by alternating episodes of mood swings from mild or moderate depression to hypomania. Hypomania is defined as periods of elevated mood, euphoria, and excitement that do not cause the person to become disconnected from reality.

  • The Merck Manual: Bipolar Disorders - Thorough evaluation of many persons with depression reveals bipolar traits, and as many as one in five patients with a depressive disorder also develops frank hypomania or mania. Most switches from unipolar to bipolar disorder occur within 5 yr of the onset of depressive manifestations.

  • The Merck Manual: Cyclothymic Disorder - Less severe hypomanic and mini-depressive periods follow an irregular course, with each period lasting a few days. Cyclothymic disorder is commonly a precursor of bipolar II disorder.

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