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Bipolar Disorder Among Adults

Bipolar disorder, sometimes referred to as manic-depressive disorder, is characterized by dramatic shifts in mood, energy, and activity levels that affect a person’s ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. These shifts in mood and energy levels are more severe than the normal ups and downs that are experienced by everyone.

 NIMH’s bipolar disorder page.

Bipolar disorder among adults.  Prevalence in terms of percent of U.S. adult population.
Bipolar disorder among adults. Demographics (for lifetime prevalence) in terms of percent of U.S. adult population. Average age of onset--25 years.
Bipolar disorder among adults.  Treatment/services use as a percent of those with disorder.

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1  Kessler RC, Chiu WT, Demler O, Walters EE. Prevalence, severity, and comorbidity of twelve-month DSM-IV disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R). Archives of General Psychiatry, 2005 Jun;62(6):617-27.
2  Ibid
3  Kessler RC, Berglund PA, Demler O, Jin R, Walters EE. Lifetime prevalence and age-of-onset distributions of DSM-IV disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R). Archives of General Psychiatry. 2005 Jun;62(6):593-602.
4  Ibid
5  Ibid
6  Wang PS, Lane M, Olfson M, Pincus HA, Wells KB, Kessler RC. Twelve month use of mental health services in the United States. Archives of General Psychiatry. 2005 Jun;62(6):629-640.