What is Bipolar Disorder?

SPRI Clinical Trials is currently conducting Bipolar Disorder Research Studies New York City.  If you or someone you know suffers from this disorder, it is important to know that it is treatable and advances in treatment are actively being explored.

Bipolar disorder is a complex psychiatric disorder with several subcategories.  It used to be referred to as Manic Depressive Disorder.  People with this disorder experience periods of depression interspersed with one or more periods of elation and/or elevated energy, racing thoughts or increased goal-oriented behaviors.  The causes are still not well understood, but there is compelling evidence to suggest that genetics and environmental factors play a role.

Treatment frequently includes a combination of psychotherapy and medications.  However, this can be a rather difficult disorder to treat – in part because people with this disorder do not always recognize that they have this disorder in the first place, and in those that do, compliance with treatment often times interferes with sustained alleviation of symptoms.  This second point bears further comment.  People who are depressed can frequently recognize that they have been experiencing an unusually long period of feeling sadand potentially in the need of treatment.  However, when such a person begins entering a manic phase, it can be interpreted as actually feeling better, if not great.  As such, why continue taking the prescribed medication?  Unfortunately, if left unchecked, such a person could end up doing harm to him/herself or others.

To this end, SPRI Clinical Trials of Brooklyn may be able to help.  We are currently engaged in clinical trials in not only Bipolar Disorder, but also Major Depressive Disorder.  Contact us on the web at SPRIbrooklyn.com or call us at 718-616-2400 to learn more about what is involved in participating in one of our clinical trials and whether you may be eligible to participate.

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