Temperament could predict diagnosis and presenting symptoms

Your temperament could affect your diagnosis, presenting symptoms, and psychopathologic conditions. The results of a recent study indicate that distinguishing between the various temperaments of irritable, depressive, hyperthymic, and cyclothymic might be helpful. The study researchers report that in their study of 129 patients, hyperthymic temperament showed a preferential association with bipolar I disorder (BD-I)…

Reassessing mood disorders

New research is causing researchers to reassess the DSM’s view of mood disorders. Recently a Canadian researcher by the name of McIntyre performed a study that challenges the DSM model. McIntyre gave a neuroleptic, lurasidone, to two groups of bipolar patients. One group consisted of depressed individuals while the other consisted of those in a…