Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme mood swings in people and it is a neurological disorder. Bipolar disorder may also lead to schizophrenia eventually and it has been noticed that schizophrenic people and people with bipolar disorder have a lesser life expectancy and life span than the others.
Bipolar disorder so far has not been considered as a life threatening disorder. However, it may have several repercussions on a person’s health. Also, people with this disorder are three times more likely to die at a younger age compared to people who do not have bipolar disorder. In addition, researchers have noted that an estimated one percent of the population is most likely to develop this disorder. The symptoms of this disorder only start appearing in the 20s and it progresses very fast after that.
One of the possible reasons why people with bipolar disorders have a lesser life span could be due to medications. The medicines that people take for this disorder definitely have side effects. Eventually people with this disorder also become prone to several other health conditions like diabetes, neurological problems, and heart conditions among others. They also fall ill frequently and many of the people who suffer from this disorder take their medications irregularly because of the day to day side effects they experience.
People with bipolar disorder tend to be suicidal and if they do not get help, they can take the extreme step. Therefore, it can be said that longevity of people with bipolar disorder may be inherently related to disorder itself and as a result patients tend to have a shorter lifespan than normal.
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