n Mental Health Matters - Medication use in bipolar disorder

Volume 1, Issue 3
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Using international data, which we believe holds true for South Africa as well, Bipolar Disorder is estimated to have a prevalence of about 2-3 % in some studies. While the illness peaks in late adolescence and early adulthood, there is no gender distinction in terms of prevalence between men and women. Bipolar disorder is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide and is ranked as the 6th most prevalent cause of impairment by the WHO (World Health Organisation).

Features common to Bipolar (previously known a manic depression are) depression and mania/hypomania.

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