Bipolar Disorder Case Study

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Case studies are a clinical and research tool used across all research disciplines, but particularly widely used in the fields of social science. In a bipolar disorder case study, one patient is examined in depth over a somewhat lengthy period of time. This type of detailed study of a single case can help the researcher or clinician better understand the full picture of how bipolar disorder is impacting a person's life.

Case studies are not particularly generalizable to the population as a whole, as one person's experience may not be the norm. For example, the existence a case study detailing how one person with bipolar disorder benefited from the use of a specific medication or supplement does not mean that every person with bipolar will equally benefit from the same treatment. However, the case study is a very useful tool for identifying areas of interest for additional study. In the above example, the benefits seen by the bipolar patient may be a reason to study the particular medication further.

Case studies can also be used effectively to challenge an accepted theory, by demonstrating a case where that theory proved false. If someone maintains that all people with bipolar disorder exhibit a certain symptom, for example, it takes only one case study describing a bipolar patient without that symptom to prove the assertion false.