October 4th, 2013 ABC News

Miriam Carey: Capitol Hill Chaos Puts Postpartum Psychosis in Spotlight

January 25, 2012 ABC News   

Susan Donaldson James

Depression Could Be Linked to Your Mother, Says Study.

December 20th, 2011 Wired Science Blogs

Can a Picture of Your Mother Diagnose Depression?

by: Jonah Lehrer

The Family Center research team led by Dr. Igor Galynker used fMRI scans to correclty differentiate depressed patients from the non-depressed by observing their brain activity as they looked at pictures of their mothers.

January 7th, 2011 Aol Health

Study: Women's Tears Lower Men's Testosterone, Sex Drive
by Catherine Donaldson-Evans

Dr. Igor Galynker, a psychiatrist at Beth Israel Medical Center with a background in organic chemistry endorses the validity of a recent research finding that "female tears led to a drop in men's testosterone levels, which in turn causes a dip in their sex drive."


December 29, 2010 Good Day New York

Holiday Break-Ups

Dr. Igor Galynker Associate Chairman in the Department of Psychiatry at Beth Israel Medical Center talks with the cohosts about how to handle the pain of break-ups particularly during the holiday season, when they are most prevalent. 


December 22, 2010  WCBS -TV 2 NY

What Triggers Adult Temper Tantrums?

Dr. Igor Galynker of the Beth Israel Medical Center Department of Psychiatry explains “People who have repeated temper tantrums and blow up on other people do that because they can, because they feel entitled and they feel that other people should tolerate that type of behavior.But when things calm down, Galynker said, you must reiterate this type of behavior won’t be tolerated."


November 17, 2010 Psychiatric Times

Violence in Bipolar Disorder : What Role Does Childhood Trauma Play?
by Allison M. R. Lee, MD and Igor I. Galynker, MD, PhD

"Traumatic experiences in childhood have been linked to the potential for violence in adults and to vulnerability to adult psychiatric Disorders. Bipolar disorder has been linked to both traumatic childhood experience and to the potential for violence. This review aims to explain the association between bipolar disorder, trauma, and violence, and to provide guidance for assessing violence potential in bipolar patients."


November 8, 2010 ABC News

Adderall Abuse Alters Brain, Claims a Young Life Susan Donaldson James

"Dr. Igor Galynker, a psychiatrist and director of the Family Center for Bipolar at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, agrees that families should be more involved in the health care of adult children. 'Family and parents cannot be kept in the dark,' said Galynker, author of "Talking to Families about Mental Illness."


March 1, 2010

Without treatment, bipolar mood episodes can escalate: Like 'kindling', each can fuel the fire

“Kindling is the reason I act early and aggressively at the first signs of mania,” says Dr. Igor Galynker. “I want to prevent future episodes at all costs.” Dr. Galynker is Associate Chairman of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Beth Israel Medical Center and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York.


March 26, 2010  Daily News

Women are bigger hypochondriacs than men, but are also less likely to die of illness: study by Rosemary Black

Dr. Igor Galynker, psychiatrist at Beth Israel Medical Center, explains that the reason men don't worry more about their health is rooted in their biology.

“From a biological perspective, you’d want men, whose function in the human family is to hunt and fight, to be more insensitive to feeling and emotions,” he says. “Men are trained genetically to be less sensitive than women to emotions and to sensations.”

Women, whose biological function in the human family is to take care of the children, need to know how the kids are feeling, he says.

“Women have more empathy and are more tuned in to their own feelings,” Galynker says. “And women have a longer life expectancy because they are more attuned to their physical health.”


February 19, 2010  ABC News



Shooter Amy Bishop Likely Schizophrenic, says Lawyer

by Susan Donaldson James  

"People in science and computers are solitary people," said Dr. Igor Galynker, associate chairman for the department of psychiatry and behavioral science at psychiatry at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City and professor of psychiatry at Albert Einstein college of Medicine. "They work in solitude and they don't need to interact in complex social situations and can be paranoid for a long time without someone realizing."   

December 1, 2009   

What is mixed mania or mixed states? When mania and depression combine  

"Bipolar disorder symptoms are considered by many experts to occur along a continuum. But there are four areas of symptoms," says Igor Galynker, M.D., Director of the Family Center for Bipolar at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan.  

    • Traditional mania: Symptoms include euphoria or irritability.
    • Mixed mania: Symptoms of traditional mania, such as unstable mood and occasional euphoria, combined with symptoms of depression
    • Mixed mania with depression as the dominant state.
    • Pure bipolar depression.


"Mixed mania episodes can co-exist or may switch within minutes," says Dr. Galynker. "The individual can have two, three or four of these sets of symptoms lasting for weeks or months. Mixed mania is sometimes referred to as rapid cycling."    

March 28, 2008 ABC News


Depression May Be Contagious, Experts Say: An Individual's Mood May Affect That of Loved Ones

by Radha Chitale.   

"Some studies show that if one spouse is depressed, the other can become depressed, and that up to 40 percent of people whose spouses have bipolar disorder get clinical depression. That's according to Dr. Igor Galynker, director of the Family Center for Bipolar at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York and professor of clinical psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine."  


March 21, 2008 ABC News

The Cost Of Creativity: Bipolar Disorder and the Star

by Lauren Cahoon, Radha Chitale and Aina Hunter.

In this article about bipolar celebrities, Dr. Igor Galynker is quoted as saying "There is such a thing known as artistic temperament, and it's kind of conducive to creativity." Still, it is hard to determine whether celebrities have bipolar disorder at unusually high rates. In any group of people, odds are that 2 percent are bipolar. Among the celebrities discussed in the article are Linda Hamilton, Phil Spector, Richard Dreyfuss, Margot Kidder, Carrie Fisher, Burgess Meredith and Patty Duke.

February 12, 2008 ABC News

ABC recently launched a new medical website which includes a video of Dr. Igor Galynker answering questions on Bipolar Disorder. Here he describes Family Inclusive Treatment, the model followed at The Family Center for Bipolar.

October 24, 2007 HealthTalk

Dr. Igor Galynker participated in a podcast called Avoid a Breakdown: How to Care for Someone with Bipolar Disorder

at HealthTalk, where you can listen to the discussion online. Oriented to the caregiver, the discussion focuses on how to care for yourself while helping someone with bipolar disorder. Topics include: how to handle a major crisis, ways to set healthy boundaries for yourself, communication and coping tips, and resources to reduce the isolation you may feel when a family member has bipolar disorder. 

August 30, 2007 ABC News Commentary

Dr. Igor Galynker wrote an article, available at the web site of ABC news, about the mass murder at Virginia Tech in which he addresses the "astounding lack of public knowledge about mental illness and its relationship to dangerousness". He discusses ways to improve the mental health treatment for students. See Four Months After the Massacre, Lessons to Be Learned.  

July 17, 2007 The Wall Street Journal

Letting Your Family In on Your Therapy: Approach Enlists Loved Ones To Participate in Treatments

by Elizabeth Bernstein

Article summary:
Frustrated by the often ineffective treatment plans that keep loved ones in the dark, a growing number of therapists are turning to "family-based" therapy. Instead of excluding family members for reasons of privacy, this approach includes spouses, parents or siblings in therapy. Often family members know the patient better than anyone else does.

The duration of family based therapy is limited, typically nine months to a year. The idea is that families will gain the skills to continue on their own. Research has shown that the family-based approach can reduce hospitalization and relapse rates and help patients take their medications more regularly. This approach is not to be confused with traditional family therapy which typically focuses on families' dysfunction.

The article describes the approach used at The Family Center for Bipolar for outpatient treatment. While a Family Center patient agrees to share information with their family, the center's director, Dr. Igor Galynker, is quoted as saying that The Family Center does not disclose private issues discussed in therapy.

When treated on an outpatient basis, Family Center patients receive both medication and psychotherapy. The patient and caregivers are evaluated on a quarterly basis. If the patient has children, they too are evaluated by a therapist. Indicative of the inclusive approach at The Family Center for Bipolar, Dr. Galynker gives his cellphone number to all patients and their families. 


July 16, 2007 Psychiatric Times

Making Treatment for Bipolar Disorder a Family Affair
By Sara Selis
Online Associate Editor, CMPMedica USA

This article describes how Dr. Igor Galynker came to start the Bipolar Family Treatment Center.

A number of studies have shown that patients with bipolar disorder fare better when their families are involved in treatment. As quoted in the article: "Mounting evidence shows that patients with bipolar disorder benefit significantly when their families are involved in treatment. Despite the challenges entailed, clinicians can successfully implement a family-focused approach if they're willing, flexible and patient."

A few of the findings of studies described in the article were:

Patients whose family members are highly critical and hostile will have more severe symptoms and more frequent relapses compared with patients whose families are supportive and understanding.

  • Patients who completed up to 21 sessions of family-focused therapy, in addition to treatment with medication, had fewer relapses, less severe symptoms and better medication adherence compared to a control group who received only two sessions of family education, medication and crisis intervention as needed.
  • The past president of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. John S. McIntyre, is quoted in the article as confirming that "over the last two decades, we've seen an increasing movement to involve the family in treatment for bipolar disorder and other serious mental illnesses. The APA has been very strong in encouraging that. The evidence shows that family interventions make a real difference."

In regard to how long treatment should continue, Dr. David Miklowitz reported the results of a study he conducted that showed that just a few family sessions aren't enough to provide real benefit. He found that it takes 6-9 months of family-focused therapy to see clinically meaningful benefits, such as fewer hospitalizations and relapses.

April 26, 2007 NYMD News Blog

Another Doctor's Take on the Bipolar Study by Julian Kesner

Dr. Igor Galynker offers his comments on a study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine that looked into the possible benefit of using antidepressant medications in depressed persons who are bipolar. The study concluded that adding standard antidepressants to mood stabilizers like lithium or depakote added no benefit than treatment with the mood stabilizer alone.

Dr. Galynker is quoted as saying: The bad news is that depression in patients with bipolar illness appears to be different from a usual unipolar depression, in that it is resistant to antidepressant treatment. The good news is that antidepressants, although not helpful, when given with mood stabilizers, do not make matters worse and do not cause mania.

May 24, 2006 USA TODAY

Psychiatric drugs fare favorably when companies pay for studies

by Marilyn Elias.

Dr. Igor Galynker of Beth Israel and The Family Center for Bipolar reviewed 10 studies in leading psychiatric journals and found that in drug company funded studies, drugs fare much better than in trials done independently or by competitors.

When a study was funded by a competitor to the firm making the drug being evaluated, there were favorable outcomes 30% of the time. This contrasts with studies paid for by the company making the drug in question, where favorable outcomes were shown 80% of the time.