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Beachwood, Ohio 44122


This study will examine how various factors, such as psychiatric symptoms, gender, social support, substance use, and attitudes toward medication, affect treatment adherence in individuals with bipolar disorder.

Study summary:

Bipolar Disorder (BPD), also known as manic-depressive illness, is a disorder that causes frequent shifts in an individual's mood, energy, and ability to function. An individual with BPD may go through periods of mania, which are characterized by increased energy, irritability, and an excessively "high" euphoric mood. The manic periods are followed by periods of depression, which are characterized by decreased energy, feelings of hopelessness, and anxiety. BPD is a persistent and severe mental illness with a high suicide rate; it must be strictly managed through medication and therapy. Many BPD medications have been developed recently; however, there are still many individuals who do not respond well to medication treatment. Research has shown that the way individuals experience illness has an effect on their response to medication. The purpose of this study is to gain insight into how individuals with BPD perceive and respond to medication treatment. Factors such as gender, degree of social support, drug and alcohol usage, and attitudes towards medication will be evaluated to understand how they affect medication and treatment adherence. This 6-month study will consist of 3 interviews. Each interview will last approximately 2 and ½ hours and will include numerous standardized psychological questionnaires. The questionnaires will assess participants' attitudes toward BPD treatment; psychiatric illness severity, including symptoms of mania and depression; level of addiction to alcohol and drugs; availability of social support resources; and medication adherence.


Inclusion Criteria: - Clinical diagnosis of bipolar disorder type I for at least two years prior to study entry - Has experienced an index depressive episode - Received treatment with medication to stabilize mood for at least 6 months prior to study entry - Able to participate in psychiatric interviews - Lives in the Northeast Ohio area and is a patient at either Northeast Ohio Health Services or The Mood Disorders Clinic at University Hospitals of Cleveland Exclusion Criteria: - Unable/unwilling to participate in psychiatric interviews



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Martha Sajatovic, MD
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

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Location Contact:

Beachwood, Ohio 44122
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: November 18, 2019

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