Older Age Bipolar Disorder

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Further understanding of older age bipolar disorder (OABD) may lead to more specific recommendations for treatment adjusted to the specific characteristics and needs caused by age-related somatic and cognitive changes. Late-onset mania has a broad differential diagnosis and requires full psychiatric and somatic work-up, including brain imaging. Research on pharmacotherapy in OABD is limited. First-line treatment of OABD is similar to that for adult bipolar disorder (BD), with specific attention to vulnerability to side effects and somatic comorbidity. Because findings in younger adults with BD cannot be extrapolated to OABD, more research in OABD is warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-296
Number of pages16
JournalClinics in Geriatric Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2020


  • Bipolar disorder
  • Cognition
  • Late life
  • Physical health
  • Somatic comorbidity
  • Treatment

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