What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder characterized by recurrent mood episodes, one of which must have been hypomanic or manic in nature.

Hypomania and mania describe states of elevated or intensely irritable mood, high energy, increased productivity and risky, impulsive behaviors.  At other times in their lives, people with bipolar disorder may experience episodes of depression, characterized by profound sadness, loss of interest in activities, sleep and appetite changes, and suicidal thoughts.  Recurring episodes of depression and mania may interfere substantially with quality of life and may lead to occupational, legal, and relationship problems.  Unfortunately, many people with bipolar disorder continue to be affected by concentration and sleep problems, even when they are not feeling depressed or manic.

Study Opportunities

We are currently conducting a treatment study for individuals with bipolar disorder who are currently in treatment and are either stable or are feeling depressed. The study will provide study-related care, investigational medication, evaluations, and laboratory work all at no cost.

We are also interested in how people with bipolar disorder make decisions. Our decision-making study involves computer tasks that look at how people make decisions and involves treatment for bipolar disorder.

How to Participate

If you are interested in participating in one of our bipolar studies, please click here to fill out a questionnaire. Once it is received, you will be contacted by a member of our staff. You can also contact us directly at 404-778-MOOD(6663).