Jul 19

Positive emotions like joy and compassion are good for your mental and physical health, and help foster creativity and friendship. But people with bipolar disorder seem to have too much of a good thing. In a new article to be published in the August issue of Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, psychologist June Gruber of Yale University considers how positive emotion may become negative in bipolar disorder. One of the characteristics of bipolar disorder is the extreme periods of positive mood, or mania. People in the grip of mania also have increased energy, sleep less, and experience extreme self-confidence. At first glance, this may sound good and even desirable.

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Oct 11

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago are the first to use brain imaging to examine the effects of emotion on working memory function in children with pediatric bipolar disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

The study is published in the October issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

PBD and ADHD are very severe developmental disorders that share behavioral characteristics such as impulsivity, irritability and attention problems.

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, researchers at UIC examined the brain activity of children as they performed a working memory task while viewing faces with different emotions, such as angry, happy or neutral expressions.

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Tags: Bipolar Disorder , Brain Imaging , Disorder

Sep 12

The diagnostic category of somatoform disorder NOS is provided for those somatoform syndromes that do not meet the criteria for any specific somatoform disorder (see list of criteria in Table 59-3). This diagnosis may be appropriate for hypochondriacal symptoms of less than 6 months’ duration and for disorders traditionally associated with hysteria such as pseudocyesis, globus syndrome (i.e., globus hystericus), psychogenic urinary retention, and mass psychogenic illness (i.e., mass hysteria). The diagnostic boundaries of these disorders are indistinct and may overlap at times with other diagnostic categories (e.g., psychological factor affecting medical condition, major depression, delusional disorder). <

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Tags: Disorder , Somatoform Disorder