Differences in Bipolar Men and Women
In Bipolar, Women Lean Toward Depression, Men Toward Mania
September 14, 2013
Bipolar disorder affects men and women differently, and this may impact the course and treatment of the condition, according to new research published in the Journal of Affective Disorders. The gender difference in symptoms—depression in women and mania in men—is reflected in the first episode of the illness and considered the reason for the longer delay in women receiving a correct diagnosis compared to men. Not only are women with bipolar disorder at greater risk for attempting suicide, but they are also more likely than men to have an eating disorder and a specific phobia. On the other hand, men are more likely to have high rates of substance abuse, suggests the study.
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Keywords: bipolar, disorder, women, men, depression, mania, difference, gender, symptoms, mental, health