Pediatric study on bipolar disorder looking for participants

December 06, 2013

At the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland a research study is being conducted that describes, over time, the moods and behavior of children using specialized testing and brain imaging to learn about specific brain changes associated with bipolar disorder.

This study seeks children and adolescent bipolar participants, ages 6-17, who have bipolar disorder. Participants must be diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, currently being treated by a physician, medically healthy, and not currently hospitalized, psychotic or suicidal.

All clinical evaluations, research procedures, and outpatient visits are free of cost. Both parent and child must agree to the child’s participation. Children and parents are compensated for participation. Travel and lodging expenses are paid by NIMH. Participants from across the country may be eligible to participate.

Non-Treatment Descriptive Study
Research study participation involves 1-3 outpatient visits, and may involve a phone interview at 6 months and repeat face-to-face evaluations every one to two years until the child turns 25. Those eligible to participate must be ages 6-17, and be able to perform research & computer tasks, neuropsychological testing, and MRI brain imaging.

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