Impact of bipolar study
(investigating manic phases and current trends)
The IMPACT of Bipolar Study was conducted in seven countries to investigate the impact of bipolar I disorder. The results, reveal how bipolar I disorder affects the lives of those with the condition.4 Further analysis, newly published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, takes a closer look at the implications of suffering from mania with or without depressive symptoms and the clinical relevance of these findings for physicians.
Bipolar I disorder, a subset of bipolar disorder, is a severe chronic illness so named because sufferers experience intermittent mood episodes of two extreme poles, mania or depression, or a combination of both (mixed episode).1
Bipolar disorder can result in damaged relationships and difficulty working, or participating in regular activities.1
People with bipolar I disorder rarely experience symptom free periods. Between the severe mood episodes, people with bipolar I disorder often have residual symptoms, which contributes to impaired functioning.2
The IMPACT of Bipolar Study was conducted in seven countries to investigate the impact of bipolar I disorder. The results reveal how bipolar I disorder affects the lives of those with the condition.3
- National Institute of Mental Health. Bipolar Disorder 2009. Available at: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/bipolar-disorder/nimh-bipolar-adults.pdf. Accessed August 2012.
- Bonnin CM et al. Subthreshold symptoms in bipolar disorder: impact on neurocognition, quality of life and disability. J Affect Disord. 2012 Feb: 136(3):650-9
- IMPACT of Bipolar Study 2012 (data on file)
- Vieta, E et al., Phenomenology of Manic Episodes According to the Presence or Absence of Depressive Features as Defined in DSM-5: Results from the IMPACT Self-reported Online Survey. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2014; 156C:206-213.
Bipolar I disorder has a dramatic effect on those living with the condition and understanding the symptoms is crucial to improved diagnosis and management. The IMPACT study found that a significant number of participants feel depressed during a period of mania, which highlights the complex nature of bipolar I disorder and the need for greater understanding of the condition.
Paul Arteel, Executive Director of the Global Alliance of Mental Illness Advocacy Networks (GAMIAN)
rated the fact that they 'sometimes feel depressed during a manic phase' as one of the most important things for a new treatment to address Find out more >
reported feeling isolated and alone during a period of mania Find out more >
take more than five years to be diagnosed Find out more >
feel depressed during a period of mania Find out more >
have been divorced or separated because of their bipolar I disorder Find out more >
said bipolar disorder has had a negative impact on their physical health Find out more >
lost their job because of their bipolar I disorder Find out more >
Only 29% of sufferers feel able to discuss their condition beyond close friends and family Find out more >
indicated they have experienced discrimination because of their condition Find out more >
reported a decrease in their own expectations of success in life Find out more >
chose not to tell their employer or manager about their diagnosis Find out more >
felt able to discuss their condition openly with other people Find out more >