How common is bipolar?

  • About 1 in 40 American adults live with bipolar disorder.
  • About 1% of American teenagers live with bipolar disorder.
  • Unlike many other mental illnesses, bipolar disorder affects men and women equally.
  • Bipolar disorder tends to run in families.
  • Although bipolar disorder is less common than depression and anxiety, it is the 6th leading cause of disability worldwide!
  • It can take an average of 10 years from the time you first experience symptoms to the time you are actually diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
  • Many people who live with bipolar disorder also struggle with addictions.

Most people who have bipolar disorder are diagnosed with something else first. They are often misdiagnosed with depression, ADHD, schizophrenia, or physical health conditions. (It’s also possible to have one of these along with bipolar disorder.)

If you think you might have bipolar disorder, take our mental health screen. It can be scary to learn that you might have bipolar disorder. Fortunately, bipolar disorder is treatable. You’re not alone!

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