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Bipolar Disorder in Epilepsy

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00365482
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 17, 2006
Last Update Posted : May 17, 2012
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Northwell Health

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to find out how often major mood swings occur in patients treated in a specialty epilepsy center.

Condition or disease
Epilepsy Bipolar Disorder

Detailed Description:

Bipolar disorder (a condition of major mood swings) or milder forms of ups and downs in mood may occur with a number to neurological conditions. Recently, one study showed that these mood changes occur fairly often in individuals with epilepsy studied in the general community. We speculate that bipolar symptoms occur with even higher frequency in a tertiary epilepsy center than that encountered in the previous community-based study. The goals of this study are to assess:

  • the rate of bipolar symptoms as measured by a self-reporting screening tool in a tertiary epilepsy center setting
  • the meaning of a positive screening score in epilepsy patients
  • the utility, sensitivity and specificity of alternative screening tools for mood instability in epilepsy patients
  • the correlation of mood instability with seizure-related variables
  • the relation of a positive screening score on quality of life.

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 102 participants
Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Bipolar Disorder in Epilepsy
Study Start Date : August 2006
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2011
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2011

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Epilepsy patients at the Long Island Jewish Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male or female 18 years of age or older
  • Being evaluated at the Long Island Jewish Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
  • Capable of completing self-reporting questionnaires

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with mental retardation
  • Patients with pseudoseizures

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00365482

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United States, New York
North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System
Great Neck, New York, United States, 11021
Sponsors and Collaborators
Northwell Health
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Principal Investigator: Sean Hwang, MD Long Island Jewish Medical Center
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Responsible Party: Northwell Health Identifier: NCT00365482    
Other Study ID Numbers: 06.02.029
First Posted: August 17, 2006    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 17, 2012
Last Verified: May 2012
Keywords provided by Northwell Health:
Bipolar Disorder
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Bipolar Disorder
Pathologic Processes
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Bipolar and Related Disorders
Mental Disorders