Anxiety, depression in young people could be early symptoms of bipolar disorder

A study has recently found that early anxiety and disorders of attention or behaviour are two patterns of psychiatric symptoms that may help to identify young people at increased risk of developing bipolar disorder (BD). According to researchers, early signs of BD can fall into a relatively characteristic “homotypic” pattern, consisting mainly of symptoms or other features associated with mood disorders; or a “heterotypic” pattern of other symptoms including anxiety and disruptive behaviour. Environmental risk factors and exposures can also contribute to BD risk. The team analysed data from 39…

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‘Food is my drug’: Loose Women’s Nadia Sawalha reveals she has an eating disorder

The mum-of-two, 52, has said that she’s always been an emotional eater and will turn to food in the way that some others turn to alcohol when they’re feeling down. Opening up about her struggles, TV chef Nadia told Best magazine: “Some people turn to gin, I turn to food! It’s what I call ’emotional eating’. You can be addicted to anything – alcohol, sex… But people don’t seem to agree that you can be addicted to food. I am happy now, but every day I meditate and exercise – I have…

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Obesity Genes And Lifestyle Factors Interact To Elevate Risk Of Disorder, Research Says

Certain genes associated with obesity in addition to environmental and lifestyle factors increase the risk of obesity, according to new research. The findings showed that bad eating habits alone do not contribute to the disorder. In a bid to find out whether lifestyle factors and obesity genes elevate the chances of the disorder, researchers examined data of 120,000 people. The research was presented at the ongoing European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) meeting in Munich. Researchers looked into socioeconomic status of the participants and their lifestyle aspects including daily television watching…

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