Pain

How is pain related to bipolar disorder?

People with bipolar disorder often have increased rates of co-occurring disorders, including chronic pain and migraine. Pain has a deleterious impact on an individual’s health and wellbeing. Chronic pain in particular is associated with reduced quality of life and difficulties with activities of daily living and often has a negative impact on an individual’s emotional and mental health.

What is the evidence for pain in people with bipolar disorder?

Moderate quality evidence suggests the overall prevalence of migraine in people with bipolar disorder is ~35%. Rates were higher in people with bipolar II disorder than bipolar I disorder, and in studies that used recognised assessments of migraine.

Moderate quality evidence suggests the overall prevalence of pain in people with bipolar disorder is ~30%. Rates were significantly higher in people with bipolar disorder than controls (medium-sized effect).

April 2019

Last updated at: 6:17 am, 9th April 2019
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