Bipolar disorder: statistics

Bipolar disorder (formerly known as manic depression) is a mood disorder. Symptoms are extreme mood swings from high to low.

Bipolar is the fourth most common mental health problem worldwide after depression, anxiety and schizophrenia.1

In 2013, there were almost 4 million cases of mood disorders, including bipolar disorder, in the UK.2

In 2014, younger people were more likely to have bipolar than older people - 3.4% of 16 to 24-year-olds screened positive, but only 0.4% of 65 to 74-year-olds screened positive.3

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  3. Marwaha, S., Sal, N., & Bebbington, P. (2016). Chapter 9: Bipolar disorder. In S. McManus, P. Bebbington, R., Jenkins, & T. Brugha (Eds.), Mental health and wellbeing in England: Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2014. Leeds: NHS Digital.
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