Bipolar Disorder

How Bipolar Disorder impacts people's lives

Bipolar disorder, a mental health condition that requires long-term treatment and is characterized by debilitating mood swings,1 affects approximately 12.6 million adults in the United States.2,3 It is among the top 10 leading causes of disability in the United States.4,5

Bipolar I disorder is characterized by at least one lifetime manic or mixed episode; often individuals have one or more depressive episodes.6 Bipolar depression refers to the depressive phase of bipolar I disorder;1 its symptoms may include: depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, significant weight loss, insomnia, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness, diminished ability to concentrate and recurrent thoughts of death or suicide attempt.1 When symptomatic, most individuals with bipolar disorder spend more time in the depressive phase.7 Depressive episodes associated with bipolar disorder have been shown to result in significant impairment in work, family and social function,8,9 and are associated with increased risk of suicide and direct and indirect healthcare costs.10,11

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About Bipolar I Disorder

  • 12.6M adults are affected in the U.S.2,3
  • At least 1 manic or mixed episode in a person's lifetime characterizes bipolar disorder1,2
  • A top 10 cause of disability in the United States4,5