Bethesda, Md—New imaging research has
found distinct brain changes in children diagnosed as having bipolar disorder,
a first step in developing new medications to help this hard-to-treat group.
Speaking at a meeting here organized by the National Institute of Mental
Health (NIMH), Melissa DelBello, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry at
the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Ohio, said that her team
has found "basic changes" in the prefrontal cortex and other brain areas of
children with bipolar disorder, as compared with healthy controls.
Vastag B. Imaging Studies Reveal Brain Changes in Children With Bipolar Disorder. JAMA. 2003;289(16):2057. doi:10.1001/jama.289.16.2057