People with bipolar disorder, on average, suffer 10 years before receiving treatment and only 49% of bipolar individuals receive treatment.
The average age of American bipolar disorder onset is 25 years old
83% of bipolar cases are considered severe.
More than 66% of people with bipolar disorder have one or more relatives with bipolar disorder or clinical depression.
Bipolar individuals’ average bipolar episodes last 3 – 6 months.
The bipolar suicide rate is 60 times higher than that of the general public and one in five people with bipolar disorder commits suicide.
Bipolar disorder is the 4th-highest reason for disability.
200,000 people with bipolar disorder are homeless.
69% of bipolar patients are mis-diagnosed at least 3.5 times.
10% of bipolar disorder patients have onset of symptoms in their 40s-50s.
Except for side effects, 90% of bipolar patients are satisfied with their meds.
Adults who earned high or top school grades are 4X more likely to develop bipolar disorder than their peers.
80% of those with bipolar disorder have at least one bipolar family member.
Following the first bipolar episode is a 90% chance of recurrence.
Bipolar disorder is more common in high achievers than the general population.
People with bipolar disorder live 9.2 years less than the average 78 years.
50% of bipolar individuals abuse drugs or alcohol.
35% of people with bipolar disorder are obese and are 2X as likely to die of heart disease, diabetes, stroke.
Sources are WebMD, International Bipolar Foundation, and the CDC