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Back To Vidyya Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program For Bipolar Disorder

The Largest Research Study For Bipolar Disorder Ever Conducted

The National Institute of Mental Health is sponsoring the largest research study for bipolar disorder ever conducted. The Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder (STEP-BD), is a long-term outpatient study (5 years) that aims to find out which treatments, or combinations of treatments, are most effective for treating episodes of depression and mania and for preventing recurrent episodes. Findings from STEP-BD will help improve the treatment standards used by doctors in everyday clinical practice.

STEP-BD is being conducted at research centers around the United States. Currently there are 17 sites in operation.

For more information about STEP-BD or to see if there is a participating site near you:

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BIPOLAR DISORDER, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a serious but treatable disease of the brain that causes extreme shifts in mood, energy, and functioning. Men and women are equally likely to develop this disabling illness that typically emerges in adolescence or early adulthood. Cycles, or episodes, of depressive and/or manic symptoms typically recur if untreated and may become more frequent, often disrupting work, school, family, and social life.

For more information on bipolar disorder read the information in today's Vidyya

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