The Depression Center is currently conducting research on mood disorders.
Early Intervention for Youth at Risk for Bipolar Disorder
The Colorado Family Project is currently recruiting participants for a study of children at-risk for bipolar disorder. Eligible families will have a biological parent with bipolar disorder and a child or teen (age 9-17) with mood swings or significant sadness. Participating families will receive a thorough diagnostic evaluation, family-based therapy, and, when relevant, medication management from a psychiatrist. There is no charge for participating in this research program. In addition to therapy, participants take part in regular research interviews and fill out questionnaires about their individual and family functioning. The family receives compensation for each research interview. Participation in the study lasts up to four years, but the majority of the time commitment is in the first four months.
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More Than Twenty Years of Serving Colorado Communities Through Research and Outreach
The Colorado Family Project has been conducting studies and offering cutting-edge services to individuals with bipolar disorder and their families since 1989. In addition to providing expert medication management, our group emphasizes the importance of patient and family education and skill-building in a treatment approach called Family Focused Therapy (FFT). We know that bipolar disorder can impact the family and that the family can, in turn, impact the family member who suffers with bipolar disorder. Because of the powerful effect that family environment has on an individual’s recovery, we emphasize treatment that involves family and not just the individual with mood symptoms.
Family focused therapy (FFT) was developed by Drs David Miklowitz and Michael Goldstein for treatment of adults with bipolar disorder. Over the years, FFT has been refined to target different age groups and different variations of bipolar disorder. We recently modified FFT for use with younger age groups, using the knowledge and wisdom gained over decades of working with families struggling with these illnesses.
Several large studies have shown the benefit of FFT and medications for patients and families affected by bipolar disorder. Our results suggest that expert psychotherapeutic care, coupled with well-informed medication choices, are linked to better outcomes for patients and families.
We’ve recently turned our attention towards the promise of prevention, and are studying the use of FFT in youth who are at high risk for developing bipolar disorder. Through our current collaboration with University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Stanford University, we’re evaluating our ability to possibly delay or prevent the onset of bipolar illness, or to decrease the severity of an evolving illness. We sincerely appreciate the ongoing support of Colorado providers in this exciting project!
The National Network of Depression Center Clinical Care Registry