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Risk Factors for Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a challenging psychiatric condition. Formerly called manic depression, this chronic and potentially debilitating disorder is known for causing severe swings in mood and energy levels. People who suffer from bipolar I disorder, which is the most severe form of the disorder, don’t have the normal ups and downs most people experience in …

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Compulsive Skin Picking – Understanding the Painful Challenges of Dermatillomania

Compulsive skin picking (CSP) is an impulse control disorder. It compels people to damage their skin by picking at it repetitively. If you live with this challenging condition, you know exactly the kind of raw and painful toll it takes – both physically and emotionally. Also known by the tongue-twisting name dermatillomania, this form of …

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The Myelin Sheath and Its Effect on Mental Illness

A new study suggests that the protective layer surrounding nerve cells may play a role in the development of certain types of mental illness. Known as the myelin sheath, this nerve fiber is recognized as being connected to the development of multiple sclerosis, but the recent study furthers prior research which also connects myelin layers …

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