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Bipolar News: Gene Protects Against Disorder

MONDAY, Sept. 29 (Health.com) — People who are missing a snippet of DNA from a brain-receptor gene are less likely to develop bipolar disorder than those with a longer version of the same gene. The shorter version of the gene, which is called GRIK4, makes a more stable receptor for …

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Bipolar News: Children May Not Outgrow Disorder

MONDAY, Oct. 6 (Health.com) — About 44% of children diagnosed with bipolar disorder continue to have symptoms of the psychiatric disease in adulthood, according to the first study to follow such children over time. The study supports the idea that children can indeed get bipolar disorder, once a controversial diagnosis …

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Is Charlie Sheen Bipolar?

Getty Images By Amanda Gardner TUESDAY, March 1 (Health.com) — Charlie Sheen’s recent and very public unraveling has all the makings of a bad—yet riveting—TV movie. After months of tabloid drama that included a trashed hotel suite, a divorce filing, and a hospitalization following a reported two-day drug binge, Sheen’s …

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Mental Illness Leading Cause of Disability in Youth

Getty Images By Anne Harding MONDAY, June 6, 2011 (Health.com) — Mental health problems such as depression account for nearly half of all disability among young people between the ages of 10 and 24, according to a new study from the World Health Organization (WHO). Researchers looked at data from …

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Study: Autism, Schizophrenia May Share Risk Factors

Getty Images By Amanda Gardner MONDAY, July 2, 2012 (Health.com) — A family history of schizophrenia may increase the likelihood that a child will develop autism, a new study has found, suggesting the two conditions share some underlying risk factors. Researchers analyzed data from three large health databases, two in …

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Demi Lovato Wants to Change How We See Mental Illness

Demi Lovato has never shied away from sharing her struggles with bipolar disorder and addiction. The 24-year-old singer/songwriter is trying to spread a message that’s simple but life-changing: She wants the world to know it is possible to live well with mental illness. “I’m living proof of that,” she told People in a …

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