Department of Psychiatry

Bipolar Disorder Resources

Bipolar disorder (formerly known as manic depressive disorder) affects about 1% of Americans at some point in their lifetime. Men and women are about equally at risk. Persons with this condition experience significant mood changes typically alternating between depression and mania/hypomania (irritable or elated mood). These mood changes are more severe and last longer than the normal variations that we all experience. In the last twenty years we have learned more about the neurobiological, psychological and social factors that cause or contribute to the disorder and many new and effective treatments are emerging to aid in the management and prevention of mood episodes.

The websites offered here are selected as starting points for clinicians, patients and loved ones to learn more about bipolar disorder, research in the field and the best practices in treatment and support for those affected by the disorder. The sites have been selected as reliable sources of information, but we cannot say that all the information contained within any one website is currently accurate.

We hope you will find this site a helpful gateway to the world of information about bipolar disorder available on the internet.