What is bipolar disorder? What you need to know about the mood disorder and Kanye West

Kim Kardashian has asked media and the public to have compassion for her husband, Kanye West, who suffers from bipolar disorder. The reality TV mogul posted a statement on her Instagram story last Wednesday after a week of teary-eyed appearances, rambling speeches, and incoherent tweets from West, who says he is running for president . “As many of you…

Tobacco Use Linked to Recurrent Suicide Attempts in Bipolar Disorder

Tobacco smoking was a significant risk factor for recurrent suicide attempts among patients with bipolar disorder, according to cohort study data published in the Journal of Affective Disorders. Investigators conducted a cross-sectional study of patients who presented to specialized clinics in Norway and France. Participants were adults (aged ≥18 years) with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder…

Gender-Based Disparities Identified in Bipolar Disorder Hospitalization Stays

Women with bipolar disorder spend more days in psychiatric inpatient units per hospitalization than their male counterparts, according to results from a register-based study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders. Investigators derived psychiatric hospitalization data from the Swedish National Patient Register for the years 2005 to 2014. Adults (≥18 years) with bipolar disorder were retrospectively followed from…