Among Bipolar Patients, Women Spend More Time Depressed Than Men Do

February 24, 2012 · Posted in Peer-Reviewed Published Data 

An article by Lori Altshuler et al. (including this editor Robert M. Post) published in the American Journal of Psychiatry in 2010 presents research that among bipolar patients studied over a period of 7 years, women spent more time than men depressed.  Women had higher rates of rapid cycling and of anxiety disorders, both of which were associated to higher rates of depression.

Gender differences

Proportion of Time Spent Ill During Clinical Visits for Women and Men With Bipolar I or II Disorder (N=711)aaWomen and men, 35.6% compared with 28.7% of visits depressed; 50.4% compared with 56.9% of visits euthymic; 14.1% compared with 14.4% of visits hypomanic or manic.

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