Update on the Epidemiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Mania in Older-Age Bipolar Disorder

Peijun Chen, Annemiek Dols, Soham Rej, Martha Sajatovic

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Purpose of Review: The population over age 60 is growing more rapidly than the general population. Given the projected increase and need for data that can inform treatment, this review provides a brief description of newer publications focused on mania in older-age bipolar disorder (OABD), including epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatments. Recent Findings: Age cutoffs to define OABD range from 50 to 65 years. OABD clinical presentation and course of illness is highly variable, often characterized by mood episode recurrence, medical comorbidity, cognitive deficits, and impaired functioning. There is little pharmacotherapy data on mania in OABD. Lithium and valproate have been tested in a single randomized controlled trial and there is data of more limited quality with other compounds. Summary: Treating OABD is challenging due to medical complexity, comorbidity, diminished tolerance to treatment, and a limited evidence base. More data is needed to keep pace with clinical demand.

Original languageEnglish
Article number46
JournalCurrent psychiatry reports
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017


  • Bipolar disorder
  • Elderly
  • Geriatric
  • Mania
  • Manic-depressive disorder
  • Mood stabilizers

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