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By Jessica Ward Jones, MD, MPH Associate News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on July 20, 2010

Recent research has moved closer toward being able to identify individuals at high risk for bipolar disorder while still in their teens or early adulthood.

“These findings support the notion that people who develop a first episode of mania can be identified during the prodromal phase,” writes Dr. Andreas Bechdolf of ORYGEN Youth Health at the University of Melbourne, Australia, who led the study with his colleagues.  (A prodrome is the period of time before an illness becomes apparent, and may have some subtle signs or symptoms).

Bipolar disorder, characterized by alternating periods of depression and mania or hypomania (a milder version of mania), affects more than 20 million Americans.  Most cases typically present sometime during the 20s, although doctors are becoming more aware of children with the illness.

Bechdolf and his colleagues studied records from all 173 individuals aged 15 to 24 who had intake assessments at the public clinic ORYGEN Youth Health Program in Melbourne Australia.

Read in Full:  http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/07/20/identifying-youth-at-high-risk-for-bipolar-disorder/15805.html

 



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