Family members of patients with Bipolar Disorder

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Biomarkers to differentiate bipolar from unipolar depression 

Bipolar disorder is the sixth leading cause of disability in Australia and is ranked in the top ten most debilitating of all illnesses worldwide. Differentiating bipolar disorder from unipolar depressive disorders is a major clinical challenge, and optimal clinical care is often hindered by misdiagnosis of this illness. This highlights the need for objective markers that can distinguish both these disorders.

The aim of this study is to identify brain, genetic and cognitive markers (or combinations of markers) for both these disorders.