Category: Bipolar Disorder

Studies Enrolling at Lincoln Research — July 2016

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Lincoln Research is looking for volunteers for several studies exploring different conditions and treatment options. Here are some of the studies we’re conducting right now. This list changes often, so make sure to like us on Facebook or subscribe to our newsletter for updates.

Migraine Studies

We have two different studies looking for volunteers who suffer from migraine headaches. Information on both is here:

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Bipolar Disorder

We’re also looking for patients with Bipolar Disorder for a study. Information is here:

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Depression

We’re looking for subjects with depression (Major Depressive Disorder) to volunteer for a new study. You can find more information on our website or check out depression resources on our blog, here.

Schizophrenia

For our study on schizophrenia, we’re interested in speaking to people who suffer from schizophrenia, caretakers of patients with schizophrenia, and clinicians who treat patients with schizophrenia. You can find more information on our website or call at (401) 305-5200.

If interested in participating in a study, call (401) 305-5200 or contact us using our web form.

Understanding the Different Types of Bipolar Disorder

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Like many mental illnesses, Bipolar Disorder gets talked about a lot by people who don’t really know what it means. Moody or inconsistent people are often slandered as “bipolar,” and energetic and eccentric people are characterized as “manic” (or, to use an outdated term, “maniacs”). Although these usages are usually flippant and not meant as diagnoses, they speak to a widespread understanding over what Bipolar Disorder actually is and how it manifests. We thought we’d clear up the air by explaining the types of the disorder.

This article is not meant as a diagnostic tool. Similarly, unless you’re a mental health professional, it’s not your job or duty to diagnose the people around you based on their behavior that you can see. If you’re experiencing psychological symptoms that are interfering with your life, describe these symptoms to your doctor or (if you have access to one) a mental health professional.

Bipolar I Disorder

The two “poles” of Bipolar Disorders are mania and depression. Depressive episodes manifest just as they would in Major Depressive Disorder, meaning they can last for days, months, or even years. Typically, someone with Bipolar Disorder spends much more time depressed than manic.

The manic episodes required for a diagnosis of Bipolar I are dramatic and dangerous–not dangerous to others except in rare cases, but often dangerous to one’s self. People suffering from mania are often drawn to dangerous decisions such as drug use, risky sexual practices, and criminal activity. It can be difficult to think through one’s actions or sort through one’s thoughts while in this state. Many people with Bipolar I require hospitalization for mania.

Bipolar I can also include “mixed” episodes–episodes with both manic and depressive symptoms, or rapidly altering between the two. However, normally the switch between the “poles” occurs over the course of weeks or months.

Bipolar II Disorder

Bipolar II is less extreme than Bipolar I. The depressive symptoms are the same, but instead of a full manic episode, sufferers from Bipolar II experience lesser symptoms, known as “hypomanic” symptoms.

A friend of mine has described hypomania as “feeling good, but in a bad way.” Hypomanic symptoms can include:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Talking excessively, or talking or thinking more quickly than usual
  • Increased interest in sex or other pleasurable activities
  • Irritability
  • Increased energy, difficulty sleeping or a lack of desire to sleep

These symptoms can qualify as hypomania when they last for four or more days and feel strange, upsetting, or make the sufferer feel like he “isn’t himself.”

Bipolar Disorder with Rapid Cycling

A Bipolar Disorder is considered “rapid cycling” if involves four or more episodes (manic, hypomanic, or depressive) during a twelve-month period.

Cyclothymic Disorder

Cyclothymic disorder involves hypomanic episodes and mild depressive episodes that don’t meet the criteria for “full” depressive episodes, but more resemble Dysthymic Disorder.

Sources: WebMD, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

Do you or a loved one suffer from Bipolar Disorder? Lincoln Research is beginning a new study on Bipolar Disorder soon. Check our website for our current list of studies.

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