Death Rates Due To Medical Illness Linked To Bipolar Disorder

by priya on  February 3, 2009 at 3:06 PM Mental Health News
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 Death Rates Due To Medical Illness Linked To Bipolar Disorder
A new study has shown that bipolar disorders increase the risk of early death from a medical illness.

For the study, the researchers comprehensively reviewed 17 studies involving more than 331,000 patients.

They found that people with bipolar disorder have a higher mortality from natural causes compared to people in the general population of similar age and gender but without mental illness.

The various studies indicated that the risk was from 35 percent to 200 percent higher.

The risk is the same for men and women. The most common conditions leading to premature death were heart disease, respiratory diseases, stroke, and endocrine problems such as diabetes.

"The review of data gathered from large population studies suggests that having bipolar disorder is similar to being a smoker in terms of increasing a person's risk of early death," said Dr. Wayne Katon, a University of Washington (UW) professor of psychiatry.

People with bipolar disorder tend to have manic phases and depressed phases in their lives.

During mania, they might be too wound up to sleep, their thoughts might race, and they might have boundless energy. During depression, they might feel painfully sad, hopeless, and immobilized.

In the past, the higher premature death rate among people with bipolar disorder was attributed to a higher rate of suicide and accidents.

Katon said that more recently, researchers are finding that, while rates of suicides and accidents are indeed greater among those with bipolar disorder compared to the general population, they only partly account for the higher premature death rate.

Katon said that emerging evidence shows that the majority of early deaths among people with bipolar disorder come from medical conditions.

The study is published in the journal Psychiatric Services.

Source: ANI

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I have been Bipolar for 5 years now I have tried to commit suicide over a hundred times. most people dont realize how terrifying it is to go through these episodes. None of my family understand me, no one in my life knows what is going on.I dont have any one to talk to. I have a bipolar friend that commited suicide last week, and it really hits home. Please understand we are normal people that cant stop our mind from tearing us apart. i know what happens to me but when i get like that i cant stop, i push everyone away till there is nothing left but me and my mind. and the end result is usually the same. im not proud of who i am, im not proud of destroying my family. this disease eats at the very core of the human mind, disguised as the truth u think that the only way to make things better for everyone is to close you eyes one final time. Everyday i go through pain, everyday i suffer just a little more.if you have a loved one that is like this pay attention to them, watch them, talk to them, try to understand what they are feeling. as for stopping the death rate of our people, it will not and can not happen, there is a chosen few that can get by. but the reality to this is we are in pain and suffering inside our minds, medication only covers up who we are, and prolongs our suffering. God help us..........


Aww dontt
it will get better soon
mine was like that.xx


Reading what how you feel brings me a little more understanding of my wife. I do every thing possible to help. She is getting proper treatment now and seems 95% better. But I know it will not go away.

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