The Bipolar Disorder Facts page
Here is a list of some facts. The results are formed from statistics collated in the UK.
A major disorder of mood
Is an imbalance in the brain's mood regulating system.
Duration of the illness
Sub-syndromal symptoms, which convey an increased risk of relapse.
50% relapse rate in 1st year period. 70% relapse rate in 4th year period.
About 1% of the adult population has a bipolar disorder. 12% across a wider spectrum. It most commonly first appears in young people in their early 20s.
Men and women are equally likely to be affected.
Higher socio - economic status, creativity and productivity. Psychosocial impairment that extends to essentially all areas of functioning. Partners are better able to cope with behaviours associated with depressive episodes. 60% eventually divorce or separate from their partners.
25-50% will make one attempt. 10-15% succeed. The risk is highest in the initial years of the illness.
60% drug or alcohol abuse at some point in their lifetime.
Family history can include:
Unipolar/bipolar illness, Thyroid problems(associated with maternal side), Post partum mood disorder(with psychosis), Suicide, Alcoholism, Colourful "odd" or eccentric family members.
It is most possible that several genes control mood changes as these are to fault. On average 1 in 12(8%) of the immediate relatives, of those with bipolar disorders, will have the same disorder. Some people with bipolar disorder will not have any relatives with bipolar disorder while others will have more.