Primary Outcome Measures:
- Changes in weight, glucose, lipid levels , insulin and testosterone concentrations over 6 months onmedication [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
This is a research study to determine how effective lamotrigine is in the treatment of bipolar disorder in women of reproductive age. Participants are between the ages of 18 and 45, have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and have indicated that they are about to begin or are considering treatment with lamotrigine. The purposes of this study are to explore the safety of lamotrigine in treating bipolar I disorder, bipolar II disorder, and rapid cycling bipolar disorder in women compared to other mood stabilizers and anti-depressants. In addition, this study aims to explore lamotrigine's effects on the association between the mood and the menstrual cycle and to compare the effects of various medications that participants receive for treatment of their illness in regards to reproductive hormone levels.
Secondary Outcome Measures:
- Menstrual cycle length and presence or absence of ovulation [ Time Frame: 6 months ]