Bipolar Disorder Treatment & Medication Clinical Studies
Bipolar Disorder is a serious medical illness that affects between 4 to 6 million Americans each year. Bipolar Disorder can significantly impair a person's quality of life and ability to function in work, social and family relationships. It can lead to impaired behavior, judgment and physical health. As its name implies, Bipolar Disorder has 2 phases, a "high," hyper or very irritable phase, and a depressed phase, where sufferers often feel an overwhelming sense of sadness, helplessness, hopelessness and despair.
|“High,” hyper or irritable phase
|Periods of feeling overly happy or “hyper”
|Periods of being disproportionately irritable
|Distracted by unimportant things
|Becoming involved in activities with a high probability of painful consequences
|Feeling euphoric, overly self-confident
|| Lack of motivation
|Feeling overly playful or being the “life of the party”
||Abnormal taste for food
|Thoughts racing or coming on too fast
||Weight gain or loss
|Increased energy, agitation, being loud
||Loss of interest in things you usually enjoy
|Decreased need for sleep
||Change in sleeping patterns
|Pressure to keep talking
||Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
|Increased Sexual Interest
||Loss of normal sexual interest
These symptoms can negatively affect relationships with family and friends and impact job performance. Scientists have learned that Bipolar Disorder is usually caused by a brain biochemical imbalance, which is often treatable with medications.
If you or someone you know suffers from symptoms of Bipolar Disorder, you may qualify for one of our NO COST research studies. Our studies offer study-related medical evaluations and study-related medication.
The test below may help you assess if you may suffer from Bipolar Disorder in the high, hyper or irritable phase. Answer yes / no.
Has there ever been a period of time when you were not your usual self and ...
- You felt so good or so hyper that other people thought you were not your normal self or you were so hyper that you got into trouble?
- You were so irritable that you started fights or arguments?
- When you felt more self-confident than usual?
- You got much less sleep than usual and found you really didn't miss it?
- You were more talkative or spoke faster than usual?
- Thoughts raced through your head and you couldn't slow your mind down?
- You were so easily distracted by things around you that you had trouble concentrating or staying on track?
- You had more energy than usual?
- You were much more active or did many more things than usual?
- You were more social or outgoing than usual?
- You were much more interested in sex than usual?
- You did things that were unusual for you or that other people thought were excessive, foolish or risky?
- You spent so much money that you got yourself or your family into trouble?
The test below may help you assess if you may suffer from Bipolar Disorder in the Depressed phase. Answer yes / no.
- Are you depressed, sad, empty or low four or more days a week?
- Do you lack motivation?
- Have you lost interest in things you previously enjoyed?
- Do you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or have difficulty getting out of bed?
- Do you have difficulty concentrating or remembering things?
- Are you fatigued or lack energy?
- Do you have feelings of worthlessness or guilt?
- Do you have thoughts that life is not worth living or you would be better off dead?
- Has your appetite decreased?
If you answered yes to four or more of the "high, hyper or irritable phase" questions, you may be suffering from Bipolar Disorder.
Call 1-888-STUDY-411 to speak to one of our knowledgeable, caring staff members and to learn more about qualifying for one of our bipolar clinical trials AT NO COST to you; or you may contact us via e-mail.