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Community survey of bipolar disorder in Canada: Lifetime prevalence and gender differences

TitleCommunity survey of bipolar disorder in Canada: Lifetime prevalence and gender differences
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsSchaffer, A.., Cairney J.., Cheung A.., Veldhuizen S.., and Levitt A.. J.
JournalCanadian Journal of Psychiatry
Volume51
Pages9 - 16
Keywordsbipolar disorder, comorbid anxiety, comorbid substance use, diseases, disorders and chronic conditions, gender health issues, mental health and well-being, prevalence, sex
Abstract

Objective This study reports on the lifetime prevalence and illness characteristics of bipolar disorder (BD) in a large, representative sample of Canadians. Method Data were obtained from the Canadian Community Health Survey: Mental Health and Well-Being. This representative, cross-sectional survey, conducted by Statistics Canada in 2002, examines the mental health of Canadians aged 15 years and over. The national response rate was 77%. We determined the prevalence rate of BD, correlates of a bipolar diagnosis, and illness characteristics. Results The weighted lifetime prevalence rate of BD was 2.2% (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.94% to 2.37%). Younger age, low income adequacy, lifetime anxiety disorder, and presence of a substance use disorder in the past 12 months were each significantly associated with the presence of a BD diagnosis (P

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