Ethnicity

How is ethnicity related to risk for bipolar disorder?

Some ethnic groups may show greater or less risk for bipolar disorder than others. Incidence refers to how many new cases there are per population in a specified time period, while prevalence refers to how many existing cases there are at a particular point in time. Differences in the incidence and prevalence across various ethnic groups can provide clues to possible causes of bipolar disorder.

What is the evidence for ethnicity and risk for bipolar disorder?

Moderate to low quality evidence suggests a small increased risk of bipolar disorder in people who have a Caucasian mother, with no association with having an African American mother or a mother with another ethnic background.

April 2019

Last updated at: 3:47 am, 4th April 2019
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