Young adults can outgrow bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder, or manic-depression, causes severe and unusual shifts in mood and energy, affecting a person’s ability to perform everyday tasks. It has traditionally been thought of as a lifelong disorder but University of Missouri (MU) researchers have found evidence that nearly half of those diagnosed between the ages of 18 and 25 may outgrow the disorder by the time they reach 30.

“Using two large nationally representative studies, we found that there was a strikingly high peak prevalence of bipolar disorders in emerging adulthood,” said David Cicero, the lead author of the paper. “During the third decade of life, the prevalence of the disorder appears to resolve substantially, suggesting patients become less symptomatic and may have a greater chance of recovery.”

The MU researchers found an “age gradient” in the prevalence of bipolar disorder, with part of the population appearing to outgrow the disorder. In the survey results, 5.5 to 6.2 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 24 suffer from bipolar disorder, but only about 3 percent of people older than 29 suffer from bipolar disorder.

“Young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 are going through significant life changes and social strain, which could influence both the onset and course of the disorder,” said study co-author Kenneth J. Sher. “During this period of life, young adults are exploring new roles and relationships and begin to leave their parents’ homes for school or work. By the mid 20s, adults have begun to adjust to these changes and begin to settle down and form committed relationships.”

The study, published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, suggests that the prevalence of bipolar disorder could also be affected by brain development, particularly in the prefrontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex is believed to control perception, senses, personality and intelligence. “The maturing of the prefrontal cortex of the brain around 25 years of age could biologically explain the developmentally limited aspect of bipolar disorder,” Cicero said. “Other researchers have found a similar pattern in young adults with alcohol or substance abuse disorders.”

Related:
Link Between Creative Genius And Mental Illness Established
Adolescent Mental Health Studies Cause Alarm
New Physiological Evidence For Social Anxiety Disorder
Our Love Affair With Depression

Source: University of Missouri

, ,

Comments are closed.

Antique Electric Fan Bipolar Motor Battery Old Little Hustler picture

Antique Electric Fan Bipolar Motor Battery Old Little Hustler

$550.00



Lexapro Bipolar Mental Pharmaceutical Advertising Pen Pencil Cup Desk Top Large  picture

Lexapro Bipolar Mental Pharmaceutical Advertising Pen Pencil Cup Desk Top Large

$27.99



Bipolar by Ram Cohen Blank Card To Court Card (Online instructions & Gimmick) picture

Bipolar by Ram Cohen Blank Card To Court Card (Online instructions & Gimmick)

$14.95



Lexapro Bipolar Mental Pharmaceutical Advertising Canister Cup Jar w/ Lid  picture

Lexapro Bipolar Mental Pharmaceutical Advertising Canister Cup Jar w/ Lid

$29.99



1897 Restored 12” Western Electric Nickel  Brass Blade And Cage Bipolar Fan picture

1897 Restored 12” Western Electric Nickel Brass Blade And Cage Bipolar Fan

$6250.00



2018 Garbage Pail Kids OH, THE HORROR-IBLE Complete Your Set U PICK GPK picture

2018 Garbage Pail Kids OH, THE HORROR-IBLE Complete Your Set U PICK GPK

$3.95



Patch, Embroidered, I Hate Being Bipolar It's Awesome, 4

Patch, Embroidered, I Hate Being Bipolar It's Awesome, 4" x 1.5"

$6.99



Circa 1897  16” Peerless Bipolar Fan  Runs Great. Rare Fan. picture

Circa 1897 16” Peerless Bipolar Fan Runs Great. Rare Fan.

$16750.00



Bipolar #5  Alternative 2004 Bagged Boarded picture

Bipolar #5 Alternative 2004 Bagged Boarded

$8.54



2005 Cadillac CTS-V Info Article

2005 Cadillac CTS-V Info Article "Bipolar Express"

$10.39



Powered by WordPress. Designed by WooThemes