Early Intervention for Youth at Risk for Bipolar Disorder

Project summary

Treatment: We are conducting a large study of kids at high risk for bipolar disorder (ages 9-17). This study is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and is being done in collaboration with Stanford University and the University of Colorado.

Children and adolescents in this study will get one of two forms of family therapy (each lasting 4 months) plus the option of medication treatment with a study psychiatrist for 12 months.  If the child is in therapy already, the sessions must be tapered to once per month while the child is getting the 4-month study treatments. Eligible youth will not have to pay for their family therapy or medication sessions. Also, families get paid for their participation in our research assessment visits. Some kids will be eligible for a study of brain imaging (MRI) as well. For more details, go to www.semel.ucla.edu/champ.

Study Involves

• Full diagnostic evaluation for your child

• Weekly, biweekly or monthly therapy sessions for 4 months

• Psychiatric evaluations and care if desired.

• Research evaluations every 4 – 6 months for up to 4 years

To qualify:

The child must be between the ages of 9.0 - 17.11 years

The child must be exhibiting signs of mood dysregulation

Child must have a biological parent or 2nd degree relative with Bipolar disorder

Participant cannot have a dx of BP I or BPII

For more information please call the CHAMP clinic at (310) 825-2836

Primary Investigator: 
David Miklowitz, Ph.D.