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Eur Neuropsychopharmacol. 2007 Apr;17(5):313-20. Epub 2006 Nov 29.

Impulsivity and bipolar disorder.

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MOOD-CNS Program, Division of Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Department of Psychiatry, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), San Antonio, TX 78229-3900, USA.

Abstract

Impulsivity is frequently associated with bipolar disorder (BD) during manic episodes, but may also be present in euthymic bipolar patients. Aggression is an impulsivity-related behavior also found during manic episodes. The objective of this review is to further clarify the relationship between impulsivity and BD. A search in Medline and Psycinfo databases, combined with a manual search of selected references, was conducted to identify available literature on BD and impulsivity-related features. Although few studies have directly measured impulsivity in BD, available findings suggest that impulsivity is not only state-related, but also a trait component of BD, which could represent a core feature of the illness. Further research exploring the neurobiology of the impulsivity/BD relationship may contribute to elucidate the pathophysiology and to improve the diagnosis and treatment of this severe illness.

PMID:
17140772
DOI:
10.1016/j.euroneuro.2006.10.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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