A new study has revealed key aspects of bipolar disorder, in addition to the development of a new framework to diagnose and track the condition
A 12-year study from the University of Michigan has revealed defining aspects of bipolar disorder, in addition to the development of a new framework to diagnose and track the condition. The key findings will hopefully help researchers, clinical teams, and patients better understand the condition. These findings include:
1. Reoccurring Headaches More Frequent:
Migraines are three-and-a-half times more common in people with bipolar disorder, according to the study.
Inadequate shuteye plays a major role in bipolar disorder symptoms, increasing the severity of depression and mania, especially among women with the condition.
4. Aspects of Speech Could Predict Mood Swings:
Key features of speech patterns can be used to foresee the need to prevent episodes of mania or depression, according to the study.
5. Saturated Fats a Factor in Symptoms:
Patients with bipolar disorder were found to have diets higher in saturated fats, according to the study. Connections were also discovered between the mood or level of symptoms in patients with bipolar disorder and certain fat molecules in their blood.
6. More to Genetics Behind the Condition:
While bipolar disorder does run in families, there is not a particular gene that is to blame. While two genes, CACNA1 and ANK3, seem to be involved in causing bipolar, many genetic variations have been found to be associated with the risk.
“If there was a gene with a strong effect like what we see in breast cancer, for instance, we would have found it,” said Melvin McInnis, M.D., a lead author of the study and Woodworth Professor of Bipolar Disorder and Depression in the U-M Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry. “We hope this new framework will provide a new approach to understand this disorder, and other complex diseases, by developing models that can guide a management strategy for clinicians and patients, and give researchers consistent variables to measure and assess.”
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