Improving Awareness and Interventions for Students Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a neurobiological disorder with mood swings that range from the highs of mania to the lows of depression causing severe and unusual fluctuations in mood, energy, and the ability to function normally. According to the research, students with bipolar disorder often are misunderstood and typically do not receive the necessary support for academic success. In addition, teachers and other school personnel often have a lack of awareness regarding students with bipolar disorder and are not aware of the many interventions beneficial for the success of these students or the impact of medications taken. Consequently, these students diagnosed with bipolar disorder often do not have the proper accommodations or interventions set in place for their success. Therefore, the purpose of this project is to create a tool that can (a) help educators understand the behavioral symptoms of students who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, (b) assist in understanding the effects of medications, and (c) make educators aware of existing interventions. This objective is achieved by developing an in-service training program accompanied by a brochure.