Clinical characteristics and management of bipolar disorder in women across the life span
journal contributionposted on 2005-11-01, 00:00 authored by Seetal DoddSeetal Dodd, S Katsenos, J Tiller, Michael BerkMichael Berk
Though prevalent in both genders, specific consideration needs to be given when treating a woman suffering from bipolar disorder over her lifetime. Bipolar disorder is a serious and incapacitating illness affecting an estimated 5% of women. The first episode of illness in women is usually a depressive episode. Female gender has been associated with greater axis-one comorbidity, more depressive episodes, rapid cycling and mixed affective states. Special consideration is required for the treatment of bipolar disorder during reproductive events. More studies are required to better understand the course, outcome and gender-specific treatment strategies of this disorder.