Blood test could reveal bipolar disorder

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by CrazyinVA, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. CrazyinVA

    CrazyinVA Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Wow, this was on the front page of the MSNBC site just now and I had to share it ... very interesting..

    link to full article here:
  2. totoro

    totoro Mom? What's a GFG?

    I was just about to post this!!! I am in the middle of a genetic research project with the Papolos'... I wonder what the long term will show... I would like to see the test done on the same patient during many cycles and moods... over many years... maybe even with a whole family.
    Obviously with several thousand patients...
    It would need to be looked over a period to really see what it is showing, I suppose.
    I applaud any research, though. As long as it is not purely by pill pushers... or for job apps.
    Very interesting....
  3. pearlofgrace

    pearlofgrace New Member

    Wow...amazing what they're discovering these days. Though I don't get how a blood test would work...a brain scan, that makes sense. They are working on that as well.

    I agree with long as it's not being funded by pill pushers....these days that seems to be the agenda behind research. I'm not against medications, but they aren't the answer for everything.
  4. Shari

    Shari IsItFridayYet?

    This sounds amazing. I hope there's something to it.
  5. ShakespeareMamaX

    ShakespeareMamaX New Member

    It would be nice to find this a successful (and possibly definite) way of DXing. No more guessing games, guinea pigs and trial runs with medications.

    Ahhh....the life.
  6. GoingNorth

    GoingNorth Crazy Cat Lady

    And how long before that screening becomes a requirement to enter school (especially for older kids/young adults, and a requirement for employment.

    As a bipolar person myself, while I find the idea of being able to diagnosis using a blood test intrigueing; the social ramifications could lead to a slippery slope that we all need to be very aware of
  7. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    Wow, very cool. I hope it's not too expensive. When I had a DNA test done for my breast cancer (BRAC1 and 2) it was in the thousands.
  8. lordhelpme

    lordhelpme New Member

    i think it would be great and as long as hippa is followed it is no different then getting any other blood test results in my humble opinion.
  9. mattsmum

    mattsmum New Member

    Thank you for posting...I hope someday they are able to detect bipolar with a blood test. Sometimes I question the diagnosis because it IS so subjective.