Bipolar Disorder Research

(Also Known As: Mood Disorder Research, Manic Bipolar Disorder Research, Bipolar Mood Disorder Research, Bipolar Affective Disorder Research)

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Bipolar Disorder Related Research


Bipolar disorder is not seen in only adults, it can be seen even in earlier life stages of an individual such that even children can be diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Most people with bipolar disorder notice first signs and symptoms in their twenties, but as research has stated that episodes of bipolar disorder are seen earlier, possibly during adolescent years. 11


Dr. Rajkowska has studied 10 bipolar brains when autopsied and compared them with 11 nonpsychiatric control subjects and he found that the differences of a bipolar brain is that it has a decreased density of layer 3 in the dorsolateral pre-frontal cortex (Brodman's area nine), decreases in the numbers of pyramidal cells but not other neuronal elements, a decrease in glial cell density, and an increase in glial size. These findings are supported with different structural imaging data that shows that there are changes in size or chemistry of the prefrontal cortex, amygdala, and hippocampus in individuals suffering from a bipolar disorder. 12

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