Bipolar Men more often Manic, Women more often Depressed?

In a recent study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders researchers found that men with bipolar disorder leaned toward the manic end of the spectrum, while women with bipolar disorder tended to lean toward the depressive end of the spectrum.

This difference in symptoms was most widely reflected in patient’s first episodes (predominantly mania for men and depression for women), and is suggested to be why women usually take longer to reach a bipolar diagnosis and are at a greater risk of suicide.

The study, led by psychiatrist Dr. Jean-Michel Azorin (associated with Sainte Marguerite Hospital, Marseille, France) also suggested men and women differed in respect to comorbid conditions as well. Men were shown to have a higher rate of bipolar comorbidity (sharing bipolar and another condition) with substance abuse, while women had a higher rate of bipolar comorbidity with eating disorders.

The study went on to speculate that these gender specific comorbidities may be why men were also shown to experience more neurologic conditions and cancer, while women experienced more metabolic disorders.

For more information, you can find an article here, or you can find the website for the Journal of Affective Disorders here.

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2 responses to “Bipolar Men more often Manic, Women more often Depressed?

  1. Interesting stuff. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Been reading about so many studies. Being bipolar 1, sometimes I just want to scream! And I do! I get sick of studies. There really are no definitive studies for mental illness. It’s too complex. That’s my opinion. All I know for sure, is I wouldn’t wish what I’ve got on anyone. I just don’t think studies get the whole picture or “trend” or discovery. I’ve done my own study. Of myself. And here are my findings. 99.9% of the time, it’s a struggle and it sucks to be mentally ill. And most people just don’t want to deal with it. And there should be more studies about how to give the mentally ill and their families who suffer from mental health issues some long overdue REAL HELP AND COMPASSION! NOW!!! Thanks for letting me vent! Peace..

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