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From pole to pole: New research into treating bipolar disorder

By Sila Genc

Research psychiatrist Prof Allan Young discusses bipolar disorder, and examines leading edge research into finding new treatments for this condition. Presented by Sila Genc.

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SILA GENC
I'm Sila Genc. Thanks for joining us. Bipolar disorder is a complex group of psychiatric illnesses that burdens the lives of millions around the world. Treatments such as lithium have been longstanding in reducing the occurrences of manic or depressive episodes in individuals with bipolar disorder but these treatments come with a host of side effects that impact the day to day functioning of these individuals. Aside from the manic and/or depressive symptoms many people with bipolar experience, many of them have a host of cognitive deficits which have recently been targeted in new drug therapies. So how can we investigate these cognitive disturbances in the presence of this illness and is there the potential to simultaneously treat bipolar disorder and cognitive disturbances? Today on Up Close we speak to one of the leaders of bipolar disorder research, psychiatrist Professor Allan Young. Allan holds the Chair of Mood Disorders and is Director of the Centre for Affective Disorders in the Department of Psychological Medicine in the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College, London. Allan is in Melbourne as a guest of the University of Melbourne's Department of Psychiatry. Thanks...

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