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By On July 18th, 2014

Researchers Find Evidence of Biologic Origin in Adolescent Bipolar Disorder

One of the most prominent reasons mental health issues face harsh skepticism both in and outside of the church is the perception that there are no scientific ways to identify biologic causes and signs of mental illnesses. However, this idea is based on out-dated ideas not backed by current scientific research.

We have yet to form reliable tests for the majority of mental illnesses, but researchers are finding new biomarkers for many different illnesses every day such as the findings presented at an American Psychiatric Association annual meeting in May under the title “Advances in Pediatric Bipolar Research.”

The report showed that decreased levels of a neurotransmitter in the brain known as glutamate are consistently associated with children who had a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, compared to those without a diagnosis. The report from the presentation can be found at Psychiatric News, but it is just one more bit of proof that mental illness isn’t “just in your head.” These are real medical conditions we are learning more about every day.

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