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What is Bipolar disorder?

What is Bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder, also known as bipolar, is a serious mental health disorder that manifests as periods of intense mania or ...more »

  • Bipolar disorder: Cycles of mania and depression; commonly called "manic-depression".
  • Bipolar disorder: A major affective disorder marked by severe mood swings (manic or major depressive episodes) and a tendency to remission and recurrence.
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Bipolar disorder: a mental disorder characterized by episodes of mania and depression.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Bipolar disorder as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet

Bipolar disorder: Introduction

Types of Bipolar disorder:

Types of Bipolar disorder:

  • Bipolar I disorder - recurrent episodes of mania and depression
  • Bipolar II disorder - episodes of mild mania (hypomania) and depression
  • Rapid-cycling bipolar disorder - 4 or more episodes a year
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Broader types of Bipolar disorder:

How many people get Bipolar disorder?

Prevalance of Bipolar disorder: 1.2 percent of the population; 2.3 million adult Americans (NIMH)
Prevalance Rate of Bipolar disorder: approx 1 in 83 or 1.20% or 3.3 million people in USA [about data]
Prevalance of Bipolar disorder: It affects approximately 2.3 million adult Americans—about 1.2 percent of the population. (Source: excerpt from Going to Extremes Bipolar Disorder: NIMH) ... More than 2 million American adults,1 or about 1 percent of the population age 18 and older in any given year,2 have bipolar disorder. (Source: excerpt from Bipolar Disorder: NIMH)

Who gets Bipolar disorder?

Patient Profile for Bipolar disorder: Typically starting adolescence or early adulthood; occasionally childhood.

Profile for Bipolar disorder: The disorder typically emerges in adolescence or early adulthood, but in some cases appears in childhood. (Source: excerpt from Going to Extremes Bipolar Disorder: NIMH) ... Bipolar disorder typically develops in late adolescence or early adulthood. (Source: excerpt from Bipolar Disorder: NIMH)

Gender Profile for Bipolar disorder: Men and women equally.

Gender Profile for Bipolar disorder: Men and women are equally likely to develop this disabling illness. (Source: excerpt from Going to Extremes Bipolar Disorder: NIMH)

Gender Profile for Bipolar disorder: Although bipolar disorder is equally common in women and men, research indicates that approximately three times as many women as men experience rapid cycling. (Source: excerpt from Bipolar Disorder Research at the National Institute of Mental Health: NIMH)

How serious is Bipolar disorder?

Prognosis of Bipolar disorder: For many individuals with bipolar disorder a good prognosis results from good treatment, which, in turn, results from an accurate diagnosis. Because bipolar disorder can have a high rate of both under-diagnosis and misdiagnosis, it is often difficult for individuals with the condition to receive timely and competent treatment.
Complications of Bipolar disorder: see complications of Bipolar disorder
Prognosis of Bipolar disorder: Like diabetes or heart disease, bipolar disorder is a long-term illness that must be carefully managed throughout a person's life. (Source: excerpt from Bipolar Disorder: NIMH)

What causes Bipolar disorder?

Causes of Bipolar disorder: see causes of Bipolar disorder
Risk factors for Bipolar disorder: see risk factors for Bipolar disorder

What are the symptoms of Bipolar disorder?

Symptoms of Bipolar disorder: see symptoms of Bipolar disorder

Complications of Bipolar disorder: see complications of Bipolar disorder

Onset of Bipolar disorder: Most people are in their late teens or early 20s when symptoms first start. Nearly everyone with bipolar II disorder develops it before age 50

Can anyone else get Bipolar disorder?

Inheritance: see inheritance of Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Bipolar disorder.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Bipolar disorder.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Bipolar disorder: General practitioner, Primary care physician, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Neurologist, Behavioral psychologist, Neuropsychologist, Psychopharmacologist, Family counselor ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Bipolar disorder.
Treatments for Bipolar disorder: see treatments for Bipolar disorder
Alternative treatments for Bipolar disorder: see alternative treatments for Bipolar disorder
Research for Bipolar disorder: see research for Bipolar disorder

Society issues for Bipolar disorder


Hospitalization statistics for Bipolar disorder: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Bipolar disorder:

  • Bipolar affective disorders accounted for 206,045 patient days in hospitals in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW Hospital Morbidity Database 2001-02, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • Bipolar affective disorders resulted in 15,943 hospitalisations in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW Hospital Morbidity Database 2001-02, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 0.11% (14,566) of hospital consultant episodes were for bipolar affetive disorder in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 90% of hospital consultant episodes for bipolar affetive disorder required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Organs Affected by Bipolar disorder:

Organs and body systems related to Bipolar disorder include:

Name and Aliases of Bipolar disorder

Main name of condition: Bipolar disorder

Class of Condition for Bipolar disorder: behavior

Other names or spellings for Bipolar disorder:

Manic-depression, Manic-depressive, bipolar depression, Bipolar affective disorder, Mania

Bipolar affective disorder Source - Diseases Database

Manic depression, Manic depressive illness, Manic-depressive psychosis
Source - WordNet 2.1

Bipolar disorder: Related Conditions

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