Epidemiology Of DSM-5 Bipolar I Disorder: Results From The National Epidemiologic Survey On Alcohol & Related Conditions – III

Research Summary | May 17, 2017

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Key Messages

  • When measured using diagnostic criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-Fifth Edition, the prevalence of bipolar I disorder (BD I) was similar to previous estimates and may be influenced by sociodemographic characteristics including race-ethnicity, age, marital status, education, and family income.
  • Psychiatric comorbidities significantly associated with BD I included substance use disorder, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorders, and personality disorders.
  • Respondents with BD I reported lower quality of life scores compared with respondents without BD I.
  • Despite the effect of BD I on quality of life and the societal burden of the disease, a treatment gap exists and continuity of care is not consistent, which highlights a need to destigmatize BD I and develop new therapeutic options that are more accessible and acceptable to people with BD I.

The following is a summary of Blanco C, Compton WM, Saha TD, Goldstein BI, Ruan WJ, Huang B, Grant BF. Epidemiology of DSM-5 bipolar I disorder: results from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions – III. J Psychiatr Res. 2017;84:310-317, which was developed independently of the article authors. Background BD I is…

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