Also known as manic depression, bipolar disorder is an illness that causes changes in an individual's mood, energy and functional ability. People with bipolar disorder can experience extreme mood shifts: from feeling "high" or irritable (mania) to intense sadness or hopelessness (depression). Each mood swing can last from just a few hours to many months. Some people with bipolar disorder report periods of "normalcy" in between mood swings, others do not. These mood swings can affect relationships, work or school performance, and even lead to suicide. Bipolar disorder is treatable and bipolar individuals can lead normal lives.
Bipolar disorder may include periods of:
- Increased energy or irritability
- Racing thoughts and talking fast, going from one subject to another
- Spending sprees
- Distractabilty and inability to concentrate
- Engaging in risky sexual activity
- Decreased need for sleep
- Grandiosity (feelings that one is more famous, powerful or intelligent than one really is)
If you have had some of the above symptoms, you may be suffering from bipolar disorder. Similar to other medical conditions, bipolar disorder can be treated. Cedars-Sinai Psychiatry Research Team may be able to help.
Cedars-Sinai's Psychiatry Research program is currently conducting clinical trials dealing with bipolar disorder and its symptoms. Qualified clinical trial participants will receive study medication, physical exams and laboratory tests at no cost.
Our Bipolar Disorder Research Studies:
We currently do not have any active research studies on bipolar disorder. However, to find out more about all other clinical trials at Cedars-Sinai, please click on the link or contact us at:
|Psychiatry Research at the Thalians Mental Health Center|
|Cedars-Sinai Medical Center|
|8730 Alden Dr., Room E-123|
|Los Angeles, CA 90048|
|Phone: 1-888-CEDARS-3 (233-2773)|
|Alt Phone: 310-423-6515|