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Age at onset of first episode and time to treatment in in-patients with bipolar disorder

  • Gunnar Morken (a1), Arne E. Vaaler (a1), Gunn E. Folden (a1), Ole A. Andreassen (a2) and Ulrik F. Malt (a3)...

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This study aimed to investigate the relationship between age at onset and time to first pharmacological treatment in patients with either bipolar I or II disorder. A total of 146 consecutive in-patients acutely admitted from the same catchment area were included. Patients were divided into four age groups: 0–12 years (23%); 13–18 years (32%); 19–29 years (26%); and 30 years (18%). Mean age at first affective episode was 20.2 years (s.d.=11.8). This represents a similar pattern to the age at onset seen in out-patients in the USA. Early age at onset predicted a longer time to first pharmacological treatment (ρ =0.695, P <0.01).

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Corresponding author

Gunnar Morken, ⊘stmarka Psychiatric Department, St Olavs Hospital, Box 3008 Lade, 7441 Trondheim, Norway. Email: gunnar.morken@ntnu.no

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Age at onset of first episode and time to treatment in in-patients with bipolar disorder

  • Gunnar Morken (a1), Arne E. Vaaler (a1), Gunn E. Folden (a1), Ole A. Andreassen (a2) and Ulrik F. Malt (a3)...
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