Disease Information for Bipolar affective disorder: Definition

  • A major affective disorder marked by severe mood swings (manic or major depressive episodes) and a tendency to remission and recurrence------------------------------------

    Bipolar Incidence: 1% of adults; Gender predisposition: Men and women equally affected; Age of onset: Early adulthood to mid-40s; Affective disorder Family History confers risk

    One parent with affective disorder: 27%; Two parents with affective disorder: 50-75%; Types: Bipolar I Disorder;

    Bipolar II Disorder; Recurrent major depressive episodes;

    Hypomanic episodes;Cyclothymic Disorder (Cyclothymia);

    Mild, chronic form of bipolar disorder;