Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a mental illness that causes shifts in a person’s mood, energy level, and capacity to complete daily, everyday tasks.
People with bipolar may experience mood swings, shifting from extremely euphoric to extremely depressed. They may become physically restless and need to be in constant movement.
Their sleep tends to be disturbed, where they sleep much less than usual, or even stay up all night. They may go days without sleep, and do not feel tired, despite lack of sleep.
Patients with this disorder may engage in reckless behavior, such as being aggressive or confrontational, or they may engage in risky behaviors, such as driving recklessly, being promiscuous, or spending money they don’t have.
They may also feel a “push” to talk, and sometimes speak so quickly that others can’t understand them.
Distractibility, racing thoughts, getting lost in details are other symptoms of the illness.
We offer both inpatient and outpatient bipolar disorder studies; and each have different specific criteria. However, generally, in order to qualify, one must:
Who can participate?
- Be 18-65 years of age
- Have a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder, or enough symptoms to meet the DSM5 criteria for a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder
- Be in good physical health
Some of our studies require prior treatment with medication; others do not.
Participating in a bipolar clinical trial is an option to consider if you are experiencing bipolar disorder and your current medications are not working well, or not working enough. If you are in good physical health, and want to explore some new treatments for your bipolar disorder, contact us today.