Tuesday, November 12, 2013

We Are Not Alone! 2.4% of World Population has a Bipolar Spectrum Disorder, New Study Claims

A study released for the in the Archives of General Psychiatry reports the lifetime world population with bipolar disorder is 2.4%.

At times bipolar disorder can be isolating. Many women feel they are the only ones who struggle with the disorder. But over 2 people in 100 also have bipolar disorder. If you add other psychiatric disorders a large population suffers with depression, bipolar and schizophrenia.

  • Bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million American adults, or about 2.6 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year.1, 2
  • The median age of onset for bipolar disorders is 25 years.5
I think age of onset is deceptive. Studies have repeatedly shown that it takes on average 10 years of seeing a psychiatrist before the proper diagnosis. I personally began seeing doctors at 14. After a series of doctors and hospital stays I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Eleven years later and I still working on maintaining my stability. 

The number one item that helps my personal well-being is my support system - family, friends, doctors and an online community of women like me. 

I am grateful for the support and hope I can connect with more people with bipolar disorder. 

I hope to post more often and look forward to your comments and emails. 

Best, Rachael