Tag Archives: bipolar

Important advance for major depressive disorder

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is quite common and can be very disabling if not treated properly. However, fewer than 40% of patients achieve remission with their initial treatment. In the case of ineffective therapy, those patients often then experience months … Continue reading

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The President speaks at a mental health conference at the White House

This conference received virtually no press coverage at all.

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flu during pregnancy & bipolar in offspring

Readers of this book and blog are well aware that influenza infection during pregnancy increases the risk for schizophrenia and autism in the offspring. Now Alan Brown and colleagues at Columbia Univ expand that risk to bipolar disorder (BD). The … Continue reading

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“Infectious Behavior” blog – 2012 in review

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 16,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals Click here to see the complete report.

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New review of our books

Excerpt from review of my book and the one with Alan Brown, “Origins of Schizophrenia”, by Dolores Malaspina, a Professor of Psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine, just published in the American Journal of Psychiatry (169:998, September … Continue reading

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An illuminating trial of an anti-inflammatory agent for depression

As discussed in chapter 7 of my book, major depressive disorder displays many features that indicate immune involvement. Depressed patients exhibit immune dysregulation, and many of their symptoms resemble those of “sickness behavior”, which is cytokine-driven. Moreover, major depression can … Continue reading

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Breakthrough in epidemiology of bipolar disorder

Far less is known about the environmental and genetic risk factors for bipolar disorder (BPD) than for schizophrenia (Sz). However, at the recent meeting of the Sz International Research Society in Florence, Alan Brown of Columbia Univ presented data from … Continue reading

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