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Archives for April, 2010

Genetic Test for Bipolar Susceptibility

Psych Central Senior News Editor Rick Nauert PhD recently posted an article entitled "Test for Genetic Risk of Bipolar," calling attention to researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine who have developed a test (prototype) for identifying a genetic susceptibility to developing bipolar disorder.

It's important to keep in mind that this is not simple blood test to determine whether someone has bipolar disorder. It merely helps predict who may be at risk for developing bipolar if environmental conditions for developing bipolar are...
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HR 3590 Health Care Reform Offers Relief for Mental Health Patients and Their Families

The passage of 3590: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the health care reform bill) last month was the culmination of months of hard work and determination by those in government who felt strongly about the nation's responsibility to ensure that all citizens have access to a reasonable level of health insurance coverage.

The even better news for those who suffer from mental illness is that this bill piggybacks onto the Mental Health Parity Act that was passed last year as part of...
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Does Bipolar Disorder Make Me Psychic?

Cyndi posted an interesting question on our Bipolar Blog.


Okay, here goes. A strange thought accompanies me from time to time in my bipolar walk. What if I really am psychic? I have read many blogs and articles that state there is some sort of connection to psychic energy from a bipolar, manic mind. This may be more a highly-sensitive phenomenon as I am not sure how to distinguish mania-driven imagery from highly sensitive tendencies to "read" people and their thoughts. I could...
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