The Child Bipolar Disorder Network (CBN): A Collaborative Treatment Study of Youth With or at High Risk for Bipolar Disorder

Primary Objective

The Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is recruiting participants for a research study about youths with bipolar spectrum disorder. Through this study, we would like to find better ways to treat this condition.

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Does your child have symptoms of bipolar disorder? We are looking for children, teens, and young adults (ages 9 to 21 years) who have moods that alternate between depression and periods of excessive energy and activity for this study. Participants will get a full diagnostic evaluation from a psychologist/psychiatrist team, along with recommendations for medical and psychological treatment. Those accepted into the study will be seen by a study-affiliated psychiatrist that specializes in mood disorders for up to 12 months. Participants will be compensated for their time in completing research interviews and questionnaires.

Main Procedures Involved: Study participation consists of: • Diagnostic interviews and psychiatric evaluation • 3 study visits over 12 months (telehealth available) • Questionnaires about health, mood, functioning, and life events • Online surveys to track moods and emotions • Collection of blood samples (optional)

Duration of Participation: All study procedures are completed over 12 months.


9 to 21 years


To qualify as a participant, you must: -- Be between 9 to 21 years of age -- Diagnosed with bipolar disorder (BD) I or II, otherwise specified BD (OSBD), or cyclothymic disorder* -- Have one parent/guardian available to complete assessments * We will confirm these diagnoses prior to study participation.

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Principal Investigator
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Christopher Schneck, MD

Study ID

Protocol Number: 22-0853

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