How common is it for people with bipolar disorder to relapse?

Medication and therapy can help control the symptoms of Bipolar Disorder. However, even with these treatments, many people with the disorder relapse; as many as 40 percent in the first year, and almost 75 percent over five years. Relapse often occurs when a person has stopped taking medication or the medication no longer works, or the person has started to abuse alcohol or drugs.
The lifetime prevalence of the full spectrum of bipolar disorder about ~4%, including ~1% Bipolar disorder type I, ~1% Bipolar disorder type II, and ~2% sub-threshold bipolar disorder.

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