Unipolar mania reconsidered: evidence from an elderly cohort. Academic Article uri icon

start page

  • 547

end page

  • 549

abstract

  • Earlier studies have failed to differentiate the unipolar manic subtype from bipolar patients with both manic and depressive episodes. This retrospective cohort study of 50 elderly manic in-patients identified six patients (12%) who met strict criteria for a course of unipolar mania. Significant differences emerged in age at onset, with a mean of 41.2 years for unipolar mania compared with 64.7 years for the others. Consequently, clinical course was significantly longer, 27.7 v. 7.4 years. Elderly patients pursuing a unipolar manic course are among the very few elderly 'bipolars' whose illness begins early in life. Recent neuroradiological investigations and data from geriatric studies suggest that the concept of unipolar mania is worthy of further investigation.

date/time value

  • April 1994

PubMed Identifier

  • 8038947

volume

  • 164

number

  • 4

keywords

  • Aged
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Brain Damage, Chronic
  • Dementia
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Geriatric Assessment
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Admission
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales