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Biological vs. Psychological Basis of Bipolar Disorder

A new report from the British Psychological Society entitled "Understanding Bipolar Disorder" suggests that viewing bipolar disorder solely as an illness with a biological basis may not be the most effective approach. The report seeks to re-establish a balance of biological and behavioral. Here's a summary:
This report provides an overview of the current state of knowledge about why some people tend to experience periods of extreme mood and what can help. Much has...
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Bipolar Disorder Q&A: Can Stimulants Trigger Mania?

PMK asks...
My daughter Baker Acted eight days ago. She is 25 with no indication of a problem until a few weeks ago. She has ADD and was taking Adderall. She started taking Phentermine to lose weight and was taking energy drinks – Rock Star etc. She’s had a very demanding sales job in which she needed to go to networking events at night in addition to her job. She lost it this weekend while involved in a very stressful job-related event. It appears she lost her sense of reality – made many charges for clothes, stayed up almost with no sleep three or four days, said and did things out of character, until someone called 911.

Is it possible this was caused by all of these stimulants?
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