Bipolar and related disorders can be difficult to differentiate from schizophrenia and major depression both symptomatically and genetically. Bipolar is a complex genetic disorder associated with extreme highs (mania) and lows (depression). Along with mood changes, symptoms may also include unusual sleep patterns including Insomnia (difficulty falling and/or staying asleep), and hypersomnia (sleepiness during the day). It can be difficult to differentiate bipolar disorder from schizophrenia and major depression both symptomatically and genetically. Bipolar disorder differs from schizophrenia in that typically it’s an episodic illness that can occur, be treated and then return at a later date.
Symptoms of bipolar disorder can affect one’s work, school, interpersonal relations, and self-care. If you think that you or someone you care for has bipolar disorder, contact your medical provider. If you have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and would like to join a bipolar research study please fill out our contact form below. We have several studies that are aimed at treating diseases with new drugs, new combinations of drugs or new ways to use existing treatments. Your participation in a voluntary research study is needed and appreciated. With your help, together, we can make a difference!