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Are women more likely than men to develop bipolar disease?

Ruth White, MPH
Social Work
Gender has been found to influence the course of bipolar disorder. A major exploratory study of gender and bipolar illness found that women had almost twice the rates of bipolar disorder II (marked by milder episodes of hypomania that alternate with major depressive episodes with no full manic episodes) as men. Women were also much more likely to have bulimia and posttraumatic stress disorder occurring along with bipolar disorder. The authors also found that women and men had equal likelihood of having a history of rapid cycling and depressive episodes. Other effects of the illness have been linked to gender. For example, a national Canadian study found a link between obesity and lifetime history of mood disorder that applied only to females. Women in the study who were obese were more likely to have mood disorders.
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