Bipolar Disorder (BPD)

Risk Factors

  • Avg age onset 18
  • Two age periods when bipolar presentations clustered: 16-25 (most common) and 46-55
  • + family history also a risk factor

Symptoms

  • Mood d/o assoc w/episodes that differ from patient's normal mood & behaviour
  • Cycling (variable duration & degree) between depression & mania
  • Manic sx: overly happy & outgoing, inpulsivity, participating in risky behavior, racing thoughts, easily distracted, poor performance school/work, not sleeping, unrealistic sense of abilities, increased activity
  • Depressive sx (not always prominent): feeling sad, hopeless, low energy, suicidality, disturbed sleeping & eating, lack of joy from activities

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