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50% of young adults outgrow Bipolar Disorder

David O

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An article just published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology states that" "nearly half of those diagnosed [with Bipolar Disorder] between the ages of 18 and 25 may outgrow the disorder by the time they reach 30." Researchers found that by their 30's, nearly 50% of patients became less symptomatic and have a subsequently greater chance of recovery.

They further suggest that the maturing of the prefrontal cortex (which ends around age 25) could be one explanation. This is bolstered by the fact that many with with alcohol and substance abuse disorders also "age out" around the same time, while many with personality disorders, such as anti-social personality disorder, also age out, but an older age.

Just found this to be insightful (and may give some, hope) since most of us view Bipolar Disorder as a life-long condition for everyone.


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