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.

Currently, we are not conducting any bipolar disorder studies.