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Evaluation of Patients With Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder (RCBD)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00001772
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : December 10, 2002
Last Update Posted : March 4, 2008
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Study Description
Brief Summary:

Bipolar disorder is a mood (affective) disorder characterized by the occurrence of alternating feelings of excitement (mania) and depression. It is a common, but serious condition, and potentially life-threatening. Patients are considered to have a rapid cycling form of bipolar disorder if they experience four or more episodes of hypomania (mild degree of mania), mania, and/or depression. Approximately 20% of the patients in bipolar clinics have the rapid cycling form of the disorder. Therefore it can be said that RCBD is not a rare condition and that it can severely impair a patient. These reasons alone justify studying RCBD. However, researchers also believe that information gathered by studying patients with RCBD can be used while studying other patients with different forms of bipolar disorder.

The purpose of this study is to screen patients diagnosed as having rapid cycling bipolar disorder to see if they fit the criteria for the diagnosis and to see if they would be interested in participating in other research studies.

Patients will undergo diagnostic interviews, physical examination, routine blood tests, EKG (electrocardiogram), and complete self-rating forms as part of the screening process.


Condition or disease
Bipolar Disorder Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder

Detailed Description:
The purpose of this protocol is to allow for the medical and psychiatric screening of patients with rapid cycling bipolar disorder in order to ascertain (1) that they fit the criteria for the diagnosis; and (2) that they are interested in participating in one of our research projects. Patients will undergo diagnostic interviews, complete self-rating forms, and have a physical examination, routine blood tests, and an electrocardiogram.

Study Design

Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 50 participants
Official Title: Evaluation of Patients With Rapid Cycling Bipolar Disorder
Study Start Date : September 1998
Estimated Study Completion Date : July 2001

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Bipolar Disorder
U.S. FDA Resources

Groups and Cohorts


Outcome Measures

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Must be currently in treatment with a psychiatrist.

Subjects must not have borderline or antisocial personality disorders, must not meet criteria for substance abuse or dependence within the past six months.

Subjects must not have significant hepatic, renal, endocrine, or cardiovascular disease.

Subjects must not be pregnant.

Contacts and Locations

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00001772


Locations
United States, Maryland
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
More Information

Publications:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00001772     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 980156
98-M-0156
First Posted: December 10, 2002    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 4, 2008
Last Verified: August 2000

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Bipolar Disorder
Rapid Cycling
Screening

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Disease
Bipolar Disorder
Pathologic Processes
Bipolar and Related Disorders
Mental Disorders