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How does bipolar disorder change with age?

It appears that there is a developmental trajectory of the symptoms of bipolar disorder from childhood to adulthood. In early childhood, it is more common to have mixed states and ultra-rapidly cycling symptoms. As children with bipolar disorder become a little older, the pattern is likely to shift to a rapid cycling pattern. As age increases toward late childhood and early adolescence, there is likely to be some separation of the mixed states toward the more classic manic and depressive episodic pattern of hypomanic or manic episodes alternating with normal mood and depressive episodes, the pattern which continues to be more common in adulthood.

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