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What are the risks of rapid cycling in bipolar disorder?

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Rapid cycling happens in some people with bipolar disorder. It’s when you frequently swing from periods of depression to mania and back again. Suicide is the most serious possible harm from bipolar disorder, especially for people who have a rapid cycling course.

People with bipolar disorder are 10 times to 20 times more likely to kill themselves than those without the illness. People with a rapid cycling course are hospitalized more often, and their symptoms are usually more difficult to control long term.

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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Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 11, 2018

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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