This Bipolar Life: News Roundup – 8/31/18

News-handing

These are a few articles that I found helpful over the past couple of weeks that I really felt compelled to share. I believe they offer new insights or approaches that might be helpful to some with this condition. I would truly appreciate comments at the end to help make sure you are getting the information you would want:

Cannabis Use in Bipolar Disorder Presents a Treatment Challenge – Abigail Nover, 8/28/18

This article references the possible uses of cannabis and CBDs in the treatment of bipolar disorder. The conclusion is quite clear on the part of the researchers that cannabis use for people with bipolar can be a risky treatment as it can possibly trigger mania. At least one user has stated that he only uses indica (the calming version) and not sativa (the “up and running” version) so he doesn’t experience anything along the lines of mania or even hypomania. I found this information to be quite helpful.

Screening for Bipolar Disorder in Women With Postpartum Depression – Psychiatry Advisor Contributing Writer, 8/29/18

I personally experienced postpartum depression and it was during that time that I experienced my first real breakdown. The numbers in this article are startling but not uncommon as is reflected in the research outcomes. In fact one conclusion was that 14% of women who were being treated for a psychiatric issue within the first month after giving birth were diagnosed with bipolar disorder within the next 15 years. This article really digs deep into the subject.

GUEST COLUMN: Bipolar disorder runs in families – Fred Cicetti, 8/17/18

Although bipolar doesn’t tend to start later in life it can make the later years harder than necessary. Add on the reality that it can run in families and it makes concerns around how moods can change over time. As someone with bipolar who had a relative with it I can see now how hard it had become eventually. I know it’s something I’m very aware of. This article covers some great information on the topic.

(1) Munk-Olsen T, Laursen TM, Meltzer-Brody S, et al. Psychiatric disorders with postpartum onset: possible early manifestation of bipolar affective disorders. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2011; 69(4):428–34. doi: 10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2011.157

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