February 23, 2005

Bipolar Disorder and Urban Poor

Bipolar Disorder is much more common with Urban Poor, Study Suggests

A study was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, (conducted by Amar K Das, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues), in which they estimate the lifetime prevalence of bipolar disorder for patients in an urban general medicine clinic and compare the demographic, clinical, and treatment characteristics of patients who screen positive for a history of bipolar disorder with those who do not.

The study included 1,157 patients between 18 and 70 years of age who were seeking primary care at an urban general medicine clinic serving a low-income population. The study was conducted between December 2001 and January 2003. A bipolar disorder diagnosis was determined by questionnaires and surveys and reviewing data on past mental health treatments and records.

According to a study, nearly 10 percent of patients screened at a general medicine clinic in an urban area were found to have a history of bipolar disorder. This is much higher than the average rate of approximately 1% to 1.5% that is typically quoted for nationwide statistics.

For more information, see:

JAMA - Screening for Bipolar Disorder in a Primary Care Practice

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Reuters Story

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