Lithium to the Rescue
The element lithium is given in capsule form as a mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder and depression. New research, however, reveals its role as a neuroprotector, and suggests that enzymes modulated by lithium could lead to new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and other neurodegenerative disorders.
The Diagnostic DilemmaWhy We Need to Change How We Diagnose Bipolar Disorder in Children
Bipolar disorder diagnosis has been rising dramatically in children for the past decade.In coming years, argues Daniel Dickstein, M.D., recognizing and diagnosing bipolar disorder in children should be based more on biological markers, such as brain structure and the use of neural circuits, than on the inconsistent diagnostic categories laid out in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
Brainsick: A Physician’s Journey to the Brink
How could a brilliant physician—a noted researcher, medical school dean, and head of pharmaceutical research for an international drug company—miss decades of the telltale signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder until the day when a disordered brain trumped reason, the caring of family, and the power of modern medicine? Is there a road to recovery?