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Bipolar disorder is a severe and debilitating mental illness, which has in the past decade started to receive the necessary attention from societies, researchers, practitioners, government, and private funding agencies. In response to the need for further awareness, education and research on this severe mental illness, the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) was created.

The ISBD is growing in membership with an elected board representing 15 countries and a membership representing 44 countries. The ISBD is a major source for emerging research and clinical data on bipolar disorders and is the only bipolar focused, research-oriented Society working to bring this data to patients, families and other mental health professionals working on the front lines of bipolar care.

The ISBD currently offers psychiatric trainees an opportunity to develop as researchers in the field of bipolar disorders through the Samuel Gershon Junior Investigator Awards, a prestigious award named in honor of the ISBD Past President and early pioneer of lithium research and through young researcher Travel Awards. In addition to its work to support bipolar education among trainees, fellows and young investigators, the ISBD is also moving the field forward through the development of task forces in the areas of prodromes, suicide, transcultural issues, antidepressants, bipolar offspring, psychosocial interventions, and bipolar disorder in special populations (child, late life and women's health).

Bipolar Disorders – An International Journal of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, which is the official journal of the Society, received its 2012 impact factor of 4.621, ranking it 20 out of 251 rated psychiatric journals.

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United States of America

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 The International Society for Affective Disorders (ISAD) exists to promote research into the affective disorders through all relevant scientific disciplines, including genetics, neuroscience and the social and behavioural sciences. Inter-disciplinary research approaches are particularly highly valued by the society.

Affective or mood disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety are a common, complex and costly group of disorders. The management of mood disorders remains a foremost clinical challenge of clinical psychiatrists and spans all age groups and most clinical domains. 

 It is important that mood disorders be accurately diagnosed and treated. Affective disorders can take an enormous toll on people's ability to work, their relationships and family life. However, the proper treatment can not only help improve symptoms of these disorders, it can return people to a better quality of life.

​​ ISAD is a society of people (from any discipline or country) who are active in the field of affective disorders research, in a caring or a professional capacity or advocacy. It is a non-profit making organisation. ISAD strives to promote the application of the highest quality of science to the understanding and treatment of mood disorders. ISAD is inclusive of all disciplines but exclusive of non-scientific dogma. ISAD rejects the irrational manipulation of scientific data for commercial, public relations or political purposes.​

The Journal of Affective Disorders publishes papers concerned with affective disorders in the widest sense: depression, mania, anxiety and panic. It is interdisciplinary and aims to bring together different approaches for a diverse readership.

Impact Factor: 3.383


International Society for Affective Disorders

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