How common is progression to bipolar affective disorder (manic-depressive illness) in patients with hypomania?

Updated: May 06, 2018
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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In a study by Fiedorowicz et al, hypomania symptoms were frequently associated with progression to bipolar disorder, even when symptoms were low intensity; however, most patients did not have hypomania symptoms at baseline. [116] The study concluded that monitoring for progression to bipolar disorder is necessary in patients with long-term major depressive disorder.


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