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Who is at risk of bipolar disorder?

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More than 10 million Americans have bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder affects men and women equally. It affects all races, ethnic groups, and socioeconomic classes.

Although men and women appear to be equally affected by bipolar disorder, rapid cycling is seen more often in women. Women also tend to experience more depressive and mixed state episodes than do men. A man's first experience with bipolar disorder may be in a manic state. Women tend to first experience a depressive state.

Bipolar disorder can happen at any age, but usually happens around age 25.

From: Bipolar Disorder: Who’s at Risk? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Bipolar Statistics."

Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation: "Hypothyroidism: Is It Contributing to Your Child's Symptoms?"

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Types of Bipolar Disorder."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Different Families, Different Characteristics: Different Types of Bipolar Disorder?"

National Foundation for Depressive Illness: "Depression Facts."

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Roadmap to Recovery and Care."

National Mental Health Association: "Bipolar Disorder: What You Need to Know."

Fieve, R. . Bipolar II

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 17, 2017

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Bipolar Statistics."

Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation: "Hypothyroidism: Is It Contributing to Your Child's Symptoms?"

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Types of Bipolar Disorder."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Different Families, Different Characteristics: Different Types of Bipolar Disorder?"

National Foundation for Depressive Illness: "Depression Facts."

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Roadmap to Recovery and Care."

National Mental Health Association: "Bipolar Disorder: What You Need to Know."

Fieve, R. . Bipolar II

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 17, 2017

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