Chapter 38. Bipolar Disorder in the Elderly

  1. Lakshmi N. Yatham3 and
  2. Mario Maj4
  1. Martha Sajatovic1 and
  2. Lars Vedel Kessing2

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470661277.ch38

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

How to Cite

Sajatovic, M. and Kessing, L. V. (2010) Bipolar Disorder in the Elderly, in Bipolar Disorder (eds L. N. Yatham and M. Maj), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470661277.ch38

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Psychiatry, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

  2. 4

    Department of Psychiatry, University of Naples SUN, Naples, Italy

Author Information

  1. 1

    University Hospitals Case Medical Center, 10524 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Psychiatry, Rigshospitalet, University Hospital of Copenhagen, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 1 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470721988

Online ISBN: 9780470661277



  • bipolar disorder in elderly;
  • population ageing, globally important in health care - in older-adult populations with mental disorders;
  • late-life bipolar disorder, insufficient to answer - clinical questions regarding late-life bipolarity;
  • course of illness in bipolar disorder - heterogeneous;
  • bipolar disorder, ranking in top 10 - of world's most disabling conditions;
  • psychiatric comorbidity, common amongst mixed-age populations with bipolar disorder;
  • cognitive impairment, in euthymic mixed-age patients with bipolar disorders;
  • geriatric bipolar depression - antidepressants, beneficial effects on selected health outcomes;
  • Mood-Stabilizer Compliance Questionnaire (MSQC) - older patients with bipolar disorder, negative view on doctor-patient relationship;
  • older adults with bipolar disorder, assessment and treatment - a treatment challenge


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Epidemiology

  • Clinical presentation

  • Course of illness

  • Comorbidity

  • Cognitive function

  • Treatment effects

  • Adherence to treatment

  • Attitudes and beliefs/satisfaction with treatment

  • Clinical recommendations

  • Conclusions and areas for future research

  • References