Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Many Individuals who have been Diagnosed with Depression Actually have Bipolar

As more medical professionals become more understanding of mental disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder, they are finding that diagnosing bipolar disorder is often complicated and fraught with error even for the most seasoned physicians.

For example, in the past an individual had to have clear alternating patterns of mania and depression to be a diagnosed with bipolar disorder. That is changing, as researchers have found that bipolar disorder manifests more subtly in some individuals than other individuals who have the better known pattern of alternating mania and depression.

Currently, most medical professionals believe that some people have a genetic predisposition to mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. Information suggests bipolar individuals with a more subtle manifestation of symptoms may actually be incorrectly diagnosed with depression.

Psynomics has developed tests for two mutations of a gene known as GRK3. GRK3 has been linked to bipolar disorder in many clinical studies involving hundreds of patients. Additionally, Psynomics developed a test that is supposed to evaluate an individual’s serotonin response, thus enabling the physician to predict if serotonin based drugs such as Prozac and Effexor will be an effective treatment method for an individual.

Researchers hope these tests will allow physicians to have objective medical testing along with their observations, and evaluations to properly diagnosed individuals who are suffering from mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.

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