National Institute for Mental Health
United States of America

We who have Bipolar Disorder suffer sleep deprivation almost nightly. And it often triggers or exacerbates the more obviously dangerous symptoms of the disorder.

For example, anger, impulsiveness, mixed manic episodes, depression, and manic risk-taking; all of which can result in destructive, painful, and even suicidal behavior. Yet, in our treatment, sleep deprivation is poorly addressed and frequently dismissed.

Getting a good night's sleep vastly improves our experience of bipolar and transforms our quality of life. But it rarely happens.

Therefore, we request that NIMH increase its research in this area.

We, the undersigned, respectfully request that the National Institute for Mental Health increase its research regarding effective treatments for sleep deprivation as caused by Bipolar Disorder.

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The Support Bipolar Sleep Research petition to National Institute for Mental Health was written by Richard Jarzynka and is in the category Health at GoPetition.