Does a bipolar spectrum exist?

Is there such a thing as a “bipolar spectrum”? I am undecided on this question and welcome any new perspective. Joel Paris, a personality disorder expert, had written a book on the topic in 2012 and tried to make the case that much of what falls in the “bipolar spectrum” is really a problem with…

Why is bipolar disorder so popular?

One person in a Facebook group asked why is it popular to have bipolar disorder and other mental disorders among the young today? One possible answer is that bipolar disorder has been associated with an unusual amount of creativity,intelligence and wealth. Kay Jamison is partly responsible for this romantic notion. Other studies on the topic seem…

Certain factors predict bipolar disorder

A recent study found that there are a number of factors that increase the chance of having bipolar disorder. Having at least four previous depressive episodes, suicidal acts, cyclothymic temperament, family history of bipolar disorder, substance abuse, younger age at onset and male gender all significantly and independently differentiated bipolar from unipolar disorders in the study…