Research On Bipolar Disorder

2013 Bipolar Update

Why There is a Need to Strengthen Research On Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar I, or Manic-Depressive Disorder is a psychological condition that has plagued human minds for years (even centuries). Aretaeus of Cappadocia (once a city in ancient Turkey), made the first account concerning bipolar disorder back in the second century. Upon noticing symptoms of mania and depression, he had an intuition that the two were related to each other. However, his theory was never proven due to lack of substantial evidence. Perhaps, if Aretaeus already knew how to use research to his advantage, he could have verified his findings.

Fortunately, over the years mankind has realized the importance of doing research to prove or disprove their theories. Many scientific men and women have dedicated their lives to research on bipolar disorder and in return their efforts have formed the foundation of bipolar study as we know it today.

Research on Bipolar Disorder is Needed

Indeed, research is a very important tool of mankind to improve his or her life and gain further knowledge of the world inside and outside his/her body. The same principle applies with bipolar research. Although there are already a great number of facts which humans know about bipolar disorder, these pieces of information may be just the tip of the iceberg when compared to the things concerning bipolar that are still unknown to humans. Therefore, there is a need for bipolar research to be strengthened.

Research on bipolar disorder can pave the way for several improvements on how mankind sees and handles bipolar disorder. Research findings can help (a) understand further the nature of bipolar (b) develop newer strategies to prevent and manage the illness (c) develop more potent drugs with less side effects, and (d) educate the public that bipolar disorder is an illness like any other and can be treated.

Research on Bipolar Disorder Around the Globe

Around the world there are several government and non-government institutions that are conducting research on bipolar disorder. One of these institutions is NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Currently, NAMI has about five simultaneous bipolar research studies being conducted. Each study has a different purpose and target group involved. A group of researchers in the United Kingdom have also formed a formal research network to pin down the very nature of bipolar disorder. These researchers are a part of the Bipolar Disorder Research Network; Professor Nick Craddock leads their group. There are Asian counties that are also conducting bipolar research.

How to Support Research on Bipolar Disorder

There are several ways one can give his or her support to a particular bipolar research group. One way is by volunteering as a subject or by referring possible subjects to the study. Right now, NAMI is looking for subjects for all of its research studies, and individuals who are willing to join can do so by contacting the institution. NAMI provides utmost privacy and confidentiality to the identity of its subjects.

Financial support is also very much appreciated in bipolar research. However, if you unable to do either of the aforementioned suggestions, you can still help by spreading the word concerning the importantance of having bipolar studies.