Bipolar disorder is a serious psychiatric condition that brings about extreme changes in mood, energy and functioning of an individual. It is the 6th leading cause of disability in the world, affecting around 3% to 4% of the population worldwide. Medications and psychotherapies are now available to address the condition. This condition is believed to run in families, linking it to possible genetic cause.
The Bipolar Disorder Research Consortium of the Philippines is comprised of psychiatrists, geneticists and socio-cultural anthropologists. It has a variety of research approaches used for better understanding of the disorder—genetic investigations, epidemiological studies, socio-cultural and clinical research. It believes that better treatments and ways to prevent and cure the illness will be found only through careful scientific study