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Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation, Inc.
December 14, 2012

I'm from India and I follow the work of JBRF. Being so far away it would seem improbable that their work would touch lives here. But it does. My brother was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder 8 years ago. He has been through 5 hospitalizations, more than a dozen drugs and ECT (Electro Convulsive Therapy). Yet, in all of those 8 years he has not remained symptom free for more than 3 months; that's all the "normal" days put together. The research done by Dr Papolos at JBRF has defined a set of characteristics (symptoms) of the disorder that are normally not associated with the disease (as per the DSM criteria). This approach opens up new ways to treat, control and maybe one day cure the disorder. The first step in this direction is the Ketamine study at JBRF. Coming back to my brother, he has more than 75% of the symptoms defined by Dr. Papolos. Once JBRF publishes the results of the Ketamine study, I hope his doctors would be able to prescribe Ketamine. And, after a decade of torment, may he find peace.

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