Donate to Bipolar Disorder Research, Patient Care and Education

More than five million adults and children (mostly teens) in the United States will be diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Once referred to as manic depression, bipolar disorder is a mental health disease that is characterized by extreme emotional highs and lows. Feelings of sadness and loneliness can impact sleep, energy, judgment and the ability to consistently think clearly. These extreme mood swings can be debilitating and prevent sound functioning on a day to day basis. Bipolar disorder is often considered a “hidden disease.” With no visible physical symptoms, no scars or bandages, this disease often goes undiagnosed. Thanks to your generous donations, board-certified specialists at Northwestern Medicine continue to advance research and clinical trials to further understand bipolar disorder, including prevention methods, diagnostic options and treatment options.

Those experiencing the highs of bipolar disorder may display symptoms including:

  • Persistently elevated moods
  • Excessive talking
  • Poor judgment
  • High distractibility
  • Agitation

Those experiencing a major depressive or low episode may show signs of:

  • Feeling sad or tearful
  • Loss of interest in usual activities
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue and loss of energy
  • Sense of worthlessness
  • In extreme cases, attempts at suicide

Mood swings notwithstanding, many with bipolar disorder don’t realize the impact their extreme changes in behavior have on family members and loved ones.

With the support of donations, teams of specialists at Northwestern Medicine are well equipped to diagnose bipolar disorder and develop treatment plans in accordance with the overall health and age of the patient and severity of symptoms displayed. Patients suffering from bipolar disorder can feel confident that their psychiatric and emotional needs will be compassionately addressed at several conveniently located Northwestern Medicine facilities located in the greater Chicago area. Treatment plans will often be comprised of a combination of mood stabilizing medications and psychotherapy as well as group therapy. In extreme cases specialists may employ electroconvulsive therapy. As part of successful treatment programs, lifestyle changes are also often recommended. Healthy diets, regular exercise, limited alcohol and tobacco use as well as enjoying time with loved ones, away from heavy responsibilities, are often building blocks to stabilizing patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Bipolar Disorder Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

A generous donation to Northwestern Medicine today will advance clinical trials and research designed to increase diagnostic and treatment options for those suffering from bipolar disorder.

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