Interesting Facts About Bipolar Disorder (from the DSM IV)

by lackofsolidity on December 7, 2010

  • Average age of onset is 20 years old.
  • The first episode in males is more likely to be a Manic Episode, and the number of Manic Episodes is more likely to meet or exceed the number of Major Depressive Episodes.
  • A female’s first episode is more likely to be a Major Depressive Episode, and it predominates over the amount of Mania.
  • Rapid cycling is more common in women.
  • About 10%-15% of adolescents with recurrent Major Depressive Episodes will go on to develop Bipolar I disorder
  • The lifetime prevalence of Bipolar I Disorder is between 0.4% to 1.6%.
  • 10%-15% of individuals with Bipolar I Disorder die from suicide.

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