For many people with bipolar, it is depression that is the source of most of their difficulties. Considerable controversy has surrounded to the question of how to treat bipolar depression. New medications offer the hope of more effective treatment. In this talk I will review the literature on treatments of bipolar depression, both medication as well as other approaches, and integrate that information into our own clinical experience at the Gateway Psychiatric Mood Disorders Clinic in San Francisco.
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Understanding the neurological and biochemical factors underlying neuropsychiatric disorders: Opening new pathways to treatment
A great deal is now known about the neurobiology and biochemistry underlying a wide range of neuropsychiatric disorders, including bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, and autism. Understanding the biological basis of these disorders has aided in the development of more effective therapeutic strategies that draw from a range of holistic and integrative health approaches. This presentation will look at some of the new findings in the neurobiology of psychiatric illness and how novel interventions aimed at altering brain chemistry can have a positive impact.
Dr. Carlos Zarate: An update on the Treatment and Research of Treatment-Resistant Depression and Bipolar Disorder
This lecture will review new research efforts underway to better understand brain structure and function in mood disorders using a variety of methods (e.g., neuroimaging, genetics, electrophysiology) in the context of treatment with rapid acting antidepressant agents. These next generation studies will likely focus on more precise diagnoses and a personalized medicine paradigm in order to develop better treatments for those who need them most.
I was sitting around the other day thinking about how long it has been since I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 18 and all that has happened since then. It’s quite interesting because I seem to remember my first inpatient stay still so vividly, but I think I always will as I know many people who don’t forget their hospital stays no matter how long it has been.