Results of impact of bipolar


Symptoms

Symptoms of bipolar I disorder include dramatic mood swings with periods of highs (mania), lows (depression) or mixed episodes (when mania and depression occur at the same time).1 Sufferers rarely experience symptom free periods and often have some residual depressive symptoms between episodes. These residual symptoms are not enough to qualify for a diagnosis of a mood episode, yet they may contribute greatly to impaired functioning in the daily life of a person suffering from a manic episode.2

As part of the study, participants were asked to indicate their experience of various manifestations which can occur during a period of mania. 64% of participants said they feel depressed during a period of mania.3

People with bipolar I disorder who sometimes feel depressed during a period of mania

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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)
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