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Complications of Bipolar disorder

Complications list for Bipolar disorder:

The list of complications that have been mentioned in various sources for Bipolar disorder includes:

  • Depression
  • Mania
  • Psychosis
  • Suicide
  • Insomnia
  • The most serious complication of rapid cycling bipolar disorder is suicide. People with bipolar disorder are 10 to 20 times more likely to commit suicide than people without bipolar disorder. Tragically, 8% to 20% of people with bipolar disorder eventually lose their lives to suicide

See also the symptoms of Bipolar disorder and Bipolar disorder: Introduction.

Complications and sequelae of Bipolar disorder from the Diseases Database include:

Source: Diseases Database

See also the symptoms of Bipolar disorder and Bipolar disorder: Introduction.

Complications of Bipolar disorder:

Some people with bipolar disorder become suicidal. Anyone who is thinking about committing suicide needs immediate attention, preferably from a mental health professional or a physician. Anyone who talks about suicide should be taken seriously. Risk for suicide appears to be higher earlier in the course of the illness. Therefore, recognizing bipolar disorder early and learning how best to manage it may decrease the risk of death by suicide.

Signs and symptoms that may accompany suicidal feelings include:

  • talking about feeling suicidal or wanting to die
  • feeling hopeless, that nothing will ever change or get better
  • feeling helpless, that nothing one does makes any difference
  • feeling like a burden to family and friends
  • abusing alcohol or drugs
  • putting affairs in order (e.g., organizing finances or giving away possessions to prepare for one's death)
  • writing a suicide note
  • putting oneself in harm's way, or in situations where there is a danger of being killed
(Source: excerpt from Bipolar Disorder: NIMH)

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About complications:

Complications of Bipolar disorder are secondary conditions, symptoms, or other disorders that are caused by Bipolar disorder. In many cases the distinction between symptoms of Bipolar disorder and complications of Bipolar disorder is unclear or arbitrary.


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