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Bipolar Disorders

The episode must not be due to the effects of an illicit drug or prescribed medication nor result from the effects of a disease state.

Associated Features and Disorders

Suicidal attempts are likely to take place during the depressive or mixed state, and 10 -15% commit suicide.

Bipolar Disorder is connected with alcohol and other substance abuse.

Approximately 10 - 15% of adolescents with major depressive episodes will develop Bipolar I Disorder.

Men and women develop this disorder equally.

Females are more likely to first experience a major depressive episode, and males experience more manic episodes.

Average age of onset is 20 for both males and females. but research is now ongoing for childhood onset bipolar disorder.

Differential Diagnosis

The differential diagnosis between Psychotic Disorders such as Schizophrenia, and Delusional Disorder and Bipolar Disorder may be difficult particularly in adolescents because these disorders share a number of symptoms.

A consideration of current symptoms, previous course , and family history must all be examined.

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