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

See the results of the study

References

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. IMPACT of Bipolar Study 2012 (data on file)
  4. 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)

  • 36%

    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 >

  • 67%

    reported feeling isolated and alone during a period of mania Find out more >

  • 27%

    take more than five years to be diagnosed Find out more >

  • 64%

    feel depressed during a period of mania Find out more >

  • 38%

    have been divorced or separated because of their bipolar I disorder Find out more >

  • 79%

    said bipolar disorder has had a negative impact on their physical health Find out more >

  • 45%

    lost their job because of their bipolar I disorder Find out more >

  • 29%

    Only 29% of sufferers feel able to discuss their condition beyond close friends and family Find out more >

  • 45%

    indicated they have experienced discrimination because of their condition Find out more >

  • 76%

    reported a decrease in their own expectations of success in life Find out more >

  • 54%

    chose not to tell their employer or manager about their diagnosis Find out more >

  • 14%

    felt able to discuss their condition openly with other people Find out more >

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