University of Michigan spent 12 years studying 1,100 people with Bipolar Disorder and here’s what they found.
Roughly 6 million people have bipolar disorder. And although the disorder tends to run in families, Dr. Melvin McInnis, University of Michigan professor of Bipolar Disorder and Depression says that the study revealed that no one gene explains it.
However, they did discover some key findings:
“Migraine headaches are 3½ times more common among people with bipolar disorder than those without. Eating disorders, anxiety disorders and alcohol problems are also more common.
More people with bipolar disorder have a history of childhood trauma than those without the condition.
People with bipolar disorder had higher levels of saturated fats in their diets, and the research also found associations between levels of certain fat molecules in the blood of patients and their mood or level of symptoms.
Poor sleep appears to play a key role in bipolar disorder, with links found to severity of depression and mania in female, but not male, participants with the condition.
People with bipolar disorder who have a strong neurotic tendency in their personalities are more likely to have severe illness, especially among men.
Key features of speech patterns predict mood states and may be useful outcome measures to predict the need for intervention to prevent episodes of mania or depression.”
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