Does your 10-15 year old child have a parent or sibling with bipolar disorder? If so, your child may be able to take part in a research study to learn more about the relationship between brain function and the risk for bipolar disorder, and to find out if four weeks of regular mindfulness practice can change brain function and mood symptoms. Compensation provided.
Bipolar disorder is an illness that causes extreme mood changes from manic episodes of very high energy to the extreme lows of depression. It is also sometimes called manic-depressive disorder. Bipolar disorder tends to run in families, which means that children with a parent or sibling who has bipolar disorder are much more likely to develop the disorder than those who do not.
The purpose of this study is to learn more about the relationship between brain function and the risk for bipolar disorder, and to find out if four weeks of regular mindfulness practice can change brain function and mood symptoms in children at risk for developing bipolar disorder. Mindfulness teaches people to be more aware and accepting of their thoughts and feelings in the present moment and may help people respond better to stress and emotions.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOUR CHILD?
• Ages 10-15 years old
• Child participant has a parent or sibling who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder
• Child participant has not been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or autism spectrum disorder
• Daily access to a smart phone or tablet
• Able and willing to undergo MRI scanning (no braces or other metal in the body, not claustrophobic and no history of head trauma with loss of consciousness)
• Child participant has not already participated in the Brain Regulation of Emotions Study or the BEAM Study
WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT
Participation involves psychiatric assessments, questionnaires, and MRI brain scans. Participants will also be asked to use the “Smiling Mind” mindfulness app for at least five minutes per day for four weeks and to take part in a video chat. After the use of the app for four weeks, your child will be asked to have an additional MRI. During a two-month follow-up appointment, you and your child will complete additional questionnaires.
IRB:PRO17020621D - Brain Regulation of Emotions and Thoughts
DURATION: About 3 months
VISITS: Up to 5 visits
Bellefield Towers & Carnegie Mellon University - Oakland