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Bipolar Disorder Statistics

Bipolar disorder statistics.
Statistics surrounding bipolar disorder.
  • Bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million adult Americans, or about 2.6% of the population.

  • 46 million people worldwide experience bipolar disorder.

  • Bipolar disorder typically begins in early adolescence or early adulthood, it can sometimes start in early childhood or as late as 40 or 50.

  • According to the National Institute of Mental Health more than two-thirds of individuals with bipolar disorder have at least one close relative with the illness or with unipolar major depression, indicating that the disease has a heritable component.

  • An equal number of men and women develop bipolar disorder and it is found in all ages, races, ethnic groups and social classes.

  • According to the World Health Organization bipolar disorder is the sixth leading cause of disability in the world.

  • The National Institute of Mental Health found that bipolar results in a 9.2 reduction in expected life span, and as many as one in five patients completes suicide.

  • When one parent has bipolar disorder the risk to each child is 15 to 30%.

  • Some 20% of adolescents with major depression develop bipolar disorder within five years of the onset of depression.

  • According to webMD, 2006 up to 60% of people with any mental health disorder, including bipolar disorder, develop substance abuse disorders.

  • Though only half of diagnosed patients get treated for bipolar disorder within the same year, the National Institute of Mental Health found that 70% to 85% of patients on the appropriate medication successfully recover.

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