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How common is rapid cycling in people with bipolar disorder?

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Rapid cycling is a pattern of frequent and distinct episodes of mood swings in bipolar disorder. It’s when you have 4 or more episodes of mania (elation and high energy) or depression (sadness, despair) in one year. About 10% to 20% of people who have bipolar disorder go through rapid cycling. The cycling pattern isn’t necessarily permanent.

SOURCES: National Institute of Mental Health web site: "Bipolar Disorder." Bowden, C. Medscape, Psychiatry and Mental Health, April 23, 2003. Schneck, C. 2006. Calabrese, J. October 2004. Barrios, C. December 2001. Medscape Psychiatry & Mental Health: "Assessing Suicide Risk in Patients with Bipolar Disorder," Jan. 22, 2008. McIntyre, R. January 2008. Goodwin, F. Sept. 17, 2003. Medscape, Psychiatry & Mental Health: "Substance Abuse and Bipolar Disorder," Dec. 5, 2005. Conway, K. February 2006.









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SOURCES: National Institute of Mental Health web site: "Bipolar Disorder." Bowden, C. Medscape, Psychiatry and Mental Health, April 23, 2003. Schneck, C. 2006. Calabrese, J. October 2004. Barrios, C. December 2001. Medscape Psychiatry & Mental Health: "Assessing Suicide Risk in Patients with Bipolar Disorder," Jan. 22, 2008. McIntyre, R. January 2008. Goodwin, F. Sept. 17, 2003. Medscape, Psychiatry & Mental Health: "Substance Abuse and Bipolar Disorder," Dec. 5, 2005. Conway, K. February 2006.









Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy,Current Psychiatry Reports,The Journal of the American Medical Association,Journal of Clinical Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 11, 2018

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