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01/08/2009 10:42 AM

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mariel24h
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I was wondering, can people with bipolar disorder live long lives? Are there elderly people with bipolar disorder?
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01/08/2009 10:58 AM
cygnet68

well think so in my psy i talk with a grand ma sometimes she doesn't seem so young.

01/08/2009 11:03 AM
mem9881

I did some searching and found this:

Bipolar disorder is a chronic recurrent illness in over 90% of those afflicted, and one that requires lifelong observation and treatment after diagnosis. Patients with untreated or inadequately treated bipolar disorder have a suicide rate of 15-25% and a nine-year decrease in life expectancy. With proper treatment, the life expectancy of the bipolar patient will increase by nearly seven years and work productivity increases by 10 years.

My grandmother suffer's from acute Bipolar, she is untreated and is 83 years old.


01/08/2009 11:15 AM
mariel24h
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That is wonderful to know! Thank you!

01/08/2009 11:59 AM
Dit
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People with bipolar, or anyone suffering with mental illness, are more highly suseptable to become substance abusers. So, that can shorten their lives somewhat.

Please correct me should I be wrong; I know I did not choose the best wording. Ermm

Lorry (Dit)


01/08/2009 12:25 PM
Jazzmary
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i think so, unless they self medicate to the point of shorten their lives

Post edited by: Jazzmary, at: 01/08/2009 12:26


01/08/2009 12:30 PM
mariel24h
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But there are elderly bipolar people in the world, yes?

01/08/2009 12:48 PM
piedlourd
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there's more elderly than ever before

01/08/2009 12:50 PM
justrembering
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I've heard that if you have an untreated mental illness when you are young, it could develop into a case of dementia later on when you are older.

01/08/2009 10:56 PM
saralaurie
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I believe dementia affects many elderly people with or without mental illness. Having worked in nursing homes there are many elderly people on psyc meds.
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