How is migrant status related to bipolar disorder?

The incidence of bipolar disorder refers to how many new cases there are per population in a specified time period. It is different from prevalence, which refers to how many existing cases there are at a particular point in time. Differences in the incidence of a disorder can provide clues to its possible causes. The term “migrant” usually refers to first generation migrants – people with a foreign birth place, however some studies also include locally born offspring, or second generation migrants in their analyses.

What is the evidence for incidence of bipolar disorder in migrant populations?

Moderate quality evidence suggests no increases in the incidence of bipolar disorder in migrant populations compared to non-migrant populations.

June 2020

Last updated at: 12:57 am, 23rd June 2020
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