Advancing Treatments for Bipolar Disorder: Dr. Paul Jenkins

Join One Mind President Brandon Staglin for a lively chat with Paul Jenkins, PhD, winner of the 2018 One Mind Rising Star Bipolar Disorder Research Award. Learn about Dr. Jenkins’ innovative research to develop better treatments for this disruptive condition. Dr. Jenkins responded daily via this page through 5pm PDT on Friday, May 24, 2019. Comments are now closed.

During the webcast, Dr. Jenkins gave engaging answers to several questions:

  • Why do you study bipolar disorder?
  • Why has bipolar disorder received relatively little research attention in general?
  • How do you envision your research enhancing lives?
  • How can an optimal balance in bipolar disorder treatments be achieved?
  • What is your goal for your research? What will it take to get you there?
  • How can interested viewers get involved?
  • Plus several more (see the comments section).

Enjoy and please share what you learn.

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12 thoughts on “Advancing Treatments for Bipolar Disorder: Dr. Paul Jenkins

  1. You spoke of the more episodes one has the more likely they are to have more episodes and to increase the severity of the disease. Has the reason for this been studied? I am wondering if it could actually be the way it is treated? Usually, once someone is in an emergency their meds are completely changed and/or extremely strong meds are given to bring the mania down vs the actual ‘kindling’ theory?

  2. I ask because some people with Bipolar are extremely sensitive to medication changes and it can be detrimental for drastic changes in medications.

  3. Thank you, everyone, who watched today’s live stream and thank you to those who asked questions. If you’d like to watch this interview again or watch any of our past Brain Waves interviews, you can do so on the Brain Waves page of our website.

  4. Hello viewers, and thanks for watching! We had some great questions already. If you have additional questions, I can answer them here through Friday. But beyond that feel free to email me at if you think of other questions.



  5. Hi Dr. Jenkins,
    Can you please tell me what your thoughts are about chronic fatigue? Is it considered a physiological disorder or is it a symptom of a psychological disorder and how do physicians determine which one it is?

    1. Hi Tony, Thanks for the question. The underlying causes of chronic fatigue syndrome remain poorly understood. There are a number of theories regarding the causes of CFS. None of these has reached the level of being proven as causative, but they include things like viral/bacterial infection, immune system dysfunction, metabolic dysfunction, and low blood pressure. One of the difficulties in understanding the causes is the relative rarity of CFS diagnoses based on our current diagnostic criteria. For example, estimates are that 10-25% of patients complain of chronic fatigue, but within that group a positive diagnosis is only seen in ~10% of patients. I have several friends that have been diagnosed and they suffer from serious symptoms, so hopefully we can make some progress in understanding the true causes!

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