Previous research has consistently demonstrated that individuals with bipolar spectrum disorders (BSDs) are at a higher risk of suicidality compared to the general population. Furthermore, studies have shown that the presence of suicidality can have a negative impact on the outcome of BSDs. While this implies a bidirectional relationship between BSDs and suicidality, it remains unclear which symptom is the more dominant prodrome of the other. To address this question, the present study, led by Hanjoo Kim, Ph.D. and mentored by Sarah Sperry, Ph.D., aims to identify the more dominant effect between BSDs and suicidality. The study will analyze longitudinal data from BSD participants in the Prechter Longitudinal Study of Bipolar Disorder, using bimonthly measurements of BSD symptoms and suicidality entered into a Dynamic Structural Equation Model (DSEM). The study will also examine demographic differences in the cross-lagged effects. It is expected that findings of this study would contribute to more effective interventions for individuals with BSDs.
To learn more about participating in the Prechter Longitudinal Study of Bipolar Disorder, please contact a research associate at 1-877-UM GENES (1-877-864-3637) or [email protected]. The Prechter Longitudinal Study of Bipolar Disorder is approved by IRBMED HUM00000606.