High Rates of Comorbidities in Bipolar Disorder

Patients with bipolar disorder have high rates of medical illness, which often exceeds the levels observed in patients with unipolar depression, show results of a UK-based study.

Researchers found that a high medical illness burden was significantly associated with a history of anxiety disorder , rapid cycling mood episodes, suicide attempts, and mood episodes with a typically acute onset. 

There were no significant differences between the bipolar group with no history of medical illness and those with a high burden of medical illness in the rates of alcohol misuse or smoking.

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