Bipolar Disorder May Be Misdiagnosed at Alarming Rates, With Serious Consequences

A mental illness affecting millions of people each year is also among one of the most commonly misdiagnosed. Bipolar disorder, hallmarked by drastic mood shifts and changes in behavior patterns, touches the lives of 2.5 million people annually, says the National Institute of Mental Health. However, this disorder is often mislabeled as depression or schizophrenia,…

Women Who Are Satisfied with Everyday Life, Engage in Leisure Activities Less Likely to Have Alcohol Problems

A new study has found that women who participate in leisure activities rarely have problems with alcohol. Researchers from University of Gothenburg, Sweden, led by occupational therapist Christina Andersson, looked at how everyday life affects drinking as part of the Women and Alcohol in Gothenburg (WAG) population study, which has been ongoing since the mid…

Migraine Sufferers May Endure More Headaches if Opiate or Barbiturate Painkillers Used

Migraine sufferers may unknowingly be making their painful headaches worse if they use drugs like OxyContin and Percocet, popular opiate painkillers that carry a high potential for abuse and addiction. Barbiturate painkillers are also believed to make headaches worse, including causing more frequent migraines, says a study in which researchers reviewed data from more than…