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Functioning in Bipolar Disorder


A study looks at the functioning impairment of various levels of bipolar disorder:

"There is a lot of data on symptoms and the clinical outcome of bipolar disorder, but very limited data on what really matters to the patients and their relatives: functioning. An understanding of which domains of psychosocial functioning are mostly impaired in bipolar patients would be of clinical utility; as such information could contribute to the development of interventions focused upon functional restoration.

The objective was to assess specific life domains of functioning as well as the overall functioning in patients with bipolar disorder across different mood states (mania, depression, and remission). The sample was recruited via the Bipolar Disorders Program of the Hospital Clinic at the University of Barcelona (Spain), an internationally recognized center of excellence in bipolar disorder research.

The results showed that patients in acute episode experienced significantly poorer functioning compared to the euthymic and control groups across all domains. Particularly, participants in the depressive group showed more impairment than those in the (hypo) manic group in specific areas such as: autonomy, cognitive functioning, interpersonal relationships and leisure time as well as poorer overall functioning. "

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