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May 1999

Fish Oils and Bipolar Disorder: A Promising but Untested Treatment

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1999;56(5):413-414. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.56.5.413

IN THIS issue of the ARCHIVES, Stoll and colleagues1 report innovative preliminary data on the putative mood-stabilizing properties of a fish oil containing ω3 fatty acids in the treatment of bipolar disorder (types I and II).2 Acting on the assumption that overactive cell-signaling pathways may be involved in the pathophysiological characteristics of bipolar disorder3,4 and the finding that ω3 fatty acids are associated with a general dampening of signal transduction pathways associated with phosphatidylinositol, arachidonic acid, and other systems,5 Stoll et al performed a controlled study to explore the mood-stabilizing effects of high-dose ω3 fatty acids.

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