Mania in the Elderly: A 5–7 Year Follow‐Up

Upma Dhingra, Peter V. Rabins

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A 5–7 year follow‐up study of elderly individuals hospitalized on an acute psychiatric inpatient service for bipolar disorder, manic phase, demonstrates that the prognosis of mania has improved in the past 30 years. A majority of those hospitalized for mania are alive and living independently 5 years after hospitalization. However, eight of 25 (32%) patients have experienced a decline in Mini‐Mental State Exam score to below 24, suggesting a clinically significant cognitive disorder. Mortality rates were higher in the manic group than expected from population norms. Compared to a group of similarly aged individuals hospitalized for unipolar depression, patients with bipolar disorder had an earlier age of onset and a lesser likelihood of being rehospitalized. 1991 The American Geriatrics Society

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)581-583
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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