Adult life events

What are stressful adult life events in bipolar disorder?

Stressful Life events that occur during adulthood are defined as particularly significant experiences that result in substantial changes to personal circumstances. These changes may be positive or they may be negative changes and can occur across all aspects of life, including health, education, employment, relationships, bereavement, housing, legal, and financial issues. These can all contribute to the development of mental health problems.

What is the evidence for adult life events as risk factors for bipolar disorder?

Moderate to high quality evidence suggests no differences in the number of stressful events experienced prior to onset of bipolar disorder compared to unipolar depression or people without a mental illness.

October 2021

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