Bipolar disorder - Risks
Risks associated with bipolar disorder
Self harm or suicide
You are more likely to try to take your own life during depressive episodes of bipolar disorder. It is important that you get the right treatment for your symptoms of depression and have a good crisis plan.
If you have a illness where you experience psychosis, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, your risk of suicide is estimated to be over 5%.
There is also research that suggests you are more likely to experience self harm if you suffer from bipolar disorder. This is particularly likely if you experience symptoms of mania.
You can find more information about ‘Suicidal feelings - how to cope’ here.
People with bipolar disorder have a higher rate of physical illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease than the general population. NICE recommends that you have a physical health check every year.
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