Bipolar FAQ's
Bipolar Disorder goes by many names. Manic Depression, Manic Depressive Disorder, Manic Depressive Illness, Bipolar Mood Disorder, and Bipolar Affective Disorder.  Since the symptoms of the condition show up differently the illness is classified into four different types, Bipolar I, Bipolar II, Cyclothymic Disorder and Not Otherwise Specified.

Bipolar I
:  Is typically diagnosed when a person experiences severe depressive and full-blown manic episodes. It is estimated that about 1% of the general population has bipolar I.

Bipolar II:  Is diagnosed when a person has frequent major depressive episodes and more episodes of hypo-mania instead of full blown mania. .

Cyclothymia: A person diagnosed with cyclothymia is usually perceived as extremely moody and very emotionally reactive. This is considered to be a milder version of bipolar II.

Not Otherwise Specified (NOS): Basically this term is used when a variation of bipolar disorder doesn't follow any particular pattern.

Rapid Cycling
: You'll hear this term to describe when a person has more than four manic / depressive episodes within a twelve month period. Rapid cycling is more common in women and those diagnosed with bipolar II.


  • American adults diagnosed with bipolar disorder: 5.8 million (2.8% of U.S. population)
  • Position of bipolar on the World Health Organization's ranking of causes of disability worldwide: 7
  • Year the Surgeon General gave his first ever report on mental illness: 1999
  • Life expectancy of an adult with serious mental illness: 25 years shorter than that of a person without
  • Bipolar patients who have attempted suicide: 25%
  • Bipolar patients whose suicide attempts have been lethal: 15-20% (This is the highest suicide rate of any psychiatric disorder & more than 20 times higher than the rate of suicide in the general population)
  • Bipolar people who are not being treated at any given time: approximately 50%
  • Bipolar and schizophrenic people who have no insurance: 50% (The diagnosis of mental illness makes it far more difficult to get and keep health insurance.)
  • Year the term "manic-depressive insanity" was first used in medical texts: 1896
  • Year the term "bipolar" was first used: 1980
  • Year the first medications (Lithium) was discovered to have effect on manic patients: 1948
  • Year the first medication designed to specifically to treat bipolar was developed: Still waiting
  • Average age of onset: 23
  • Average age of correct diagnosis: 40
  • Average number of years it takes a person with bipolar illness to seek treatment from the onset of symptoms: 10
  • Number of bipolar sufferers who have been misdiagnosed at least once: 70-75%
  • Number of patients taking a mood stabilizer who go off their medications because of side effects, the desire for manic energy, or impaired insight: 50%
  • Number one risk factor for relapse into a bipolar episode: going off medications
  • Odds that a person with Bipolar I will also struggle with substance abuse: 60/40
  • Odds that a person with Bipolar II will: 50/50
  • Rate of alcoholism in bipolar men: Three times higher than in the general population
  • In bipolar women: Seven times higher than in the general population
  • Divorce rates for people with bipolar: Twice as high during their first marriage than for people with any other psychiatric disorder and 3.5 times more likely to divorce than people in the general population
  • Annual direct and indirect costs of bipolar disorder in America: $45 billion
  • Primary cause of a lack of effective treatments and coordination of care: Insufficient research funds
*These statistics have been pulled from numerous sources the numbers listed are those most consistently cited across the literature. Keep in mind there is some variation between sources and different studies come up with a range of conclusions. However these numbers are representative of common conclusions in the research.

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