Multiple sclerosis

How is multiple sclerosis related to bipolar disorder?

People with bipolar disorder often have increased rates of co-occurring disorders, including multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis is a disorder of the central nervous system, which disrupts nerve impulses in the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. Symptoms include fatigue, motor dysfunction, incontinence or constipation, fatigue and psychological symptoms.

What is the evidence for comorbid multiple sclerosis?

Moderate to low quality evidence suggests the prevalence of bipolar disorder in people with multiple sclerosis is ~6%, although this rate was based on one study conducted in England, so may not be applicable to other populations.

April 2019

Last updated at: 6:34 am, 9th April 2019
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