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How to prevent the onset and first relapse of bipolar disorders?

Presented By
Prof. Lars Vedel Kessing, Copenhagen Affective Disorder Research Center, Denmark
Conference
ECNP 2020
  The risk of developing any psychiatric disorder for siblings of patients with bipolar disorder is increased during a lifetime. Moreover, recurrence after a single bipolar episode is seen in 40-60% of patients. To prevent a relapse of bipolar disorder, strategies may include treatment in a specialised mood disorder clinic with age-specific strategies. Prof. Lars Vedel Kessing (Copenhagen Affective Disorder Research Center, Denmark) introduced a cohort of 19,955 patients with a main diagnosis of bipolar disorder (derived from the Danish Psychiatric Central Research Register from 1995-2017) [1]. The study presented here included 13,923 siblings to the 19,955 patients with bipolar disorder and 278,460 controls from the general population, matched for year of birth and sex. The study found that the risk of developing any psychiatric disorder for siblings of patients with bipolar disorder was increased during a lifetime, mainly for b...


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