Bipolar Disorder & Substance Abuse: What You Need to Know

Bipolar Disorder & Substance Abuse: What You Need to Know

Bipolar disorder is a disabling psychiatric disorder that presents in approximately 1.5% to 2.5% of the population.1 It is characterized by mood instability (hypomania/mania), depression, or mixed manic and depressive episodes. Fluctuations in mood are frequently accompanied by changes in energy levels and sleep patterns. Substance use disorders (SUDs) are common among individuals with BD. Findings from a large meta-analysis indicate that the lifetime prevalence of alcohol and cannabis use disorders in BD is 42% and 20%, respectively.2The lifetime prevalence of tobacco smoking in BD is as high as 60% to 80% compared with approximately 15% in the general US population.3,4 Co-occurring substance...

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