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Western Psychiatric Institute And Clinic Seeking Parents With Bipolar Disorder For Research Study

PITTSBURGH, January 23, 2006 — Researchers at the  Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic   of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center are seeking parents who have bipolar disorder, commonly referred to as manic-depressive illness, and their children to participate in a study of bipolar disorder in families.

In adults, bipolar disorder is characterized by cycles of depression and mania. Symptoms can include mood swings, inappropriate social behavior, difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts and changes in activity levels, sleep and/or appetite. It is not yet known how bipolar disorder, which has a genetic component, manifests itself in children.

The study involves no medications or treatments. Participants will be interviewed every other year over the course of five years to assess the parents’ and their children’s moods and emotions. Those who need treatment will be referred to the appropriate resources. Participants will be compensated for their time.

For more information or to determine whether your family is eligible for the study, call 412-246-5794 or toll free at 1-888-377-5444.

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