In Mexico, 40% of the affected population does not receive treatment.
3.4% of the world population, approximately 222 million adults, are affected by the condition.
Bipolar disorder is a treatable illness marked by sudden changes in mood, thinking, energy, and behavior; and affects approximately 3 million Mexicans, that is, 2.5% and 3.5% of the population, of which 40% do not receive treatment for their mental health.
Bipolar disorder is also known as "manic depressive disorder," because a person's mood can alternate between the "poles" of mania and depression. This "change in temperament" or depressive episodes can last for hours, days, weeks or months.
Dr. Noemí Santos, medical director of Landsteiner Scientific, a Mexican pharmaceutical company, points out that bipolar disorder affects men and women equally, and typically begins between 15 and 30 years of age. It is often not recognized as a mental illness and people can suffer unnecessarily for years or decades before an accurate diagnosis.
Landsteiner Scientific presents you with some relevant information about this disease:
- In the world, 222 million adults are affected by bipolar disorder, the equivalent of 3.4% of the population.
- Although there are effective treatments, there are difficulties in diagnosis; some patients live up to 10 years with undiagnosed symptoms, and only 1 in 4 receive a proper diagnosis in less than three years.
- Bipolar disorder causes a reduction of approximately 10 years of productive life; In addition, 1 in 5 people commit suicide (approximately 44 million people internationally).
- Bipolar disorder is a disabling condition that affects family members and people close to the patient. Everyone who interacts with the person with bipolar disorder will likely have to deal with serious behavior problems.
- Although a specific genetic connection to bipolar disorder has not been determined, studies show that 80 to 90 percent of people with bipolar disorder have relatives with some form of depression. It is also possible that people can inherit the tendency to develop the disease, then the disease is said to have been caused by environmental factors.
- Other research suggests that the disease may be caused by a biochemical imbalance which alters the person's mood. This imbalance can be caused by irregular hormone production or a problem with certain neurotransmitters, which are chemicals in the brain that act as messengers to brain neurons.
In order to avoid acute episodes, Dr. Noemí Santos, medical director of Landsteiner Scientific, a Mexican pharmaceutical laboratory, recommends strict adherence to medical treatment: do not alter the doses, take medications always at the same time; maintain a routine of activities, have established schedules to sleep and wake up, eliminate the consumption of alcohol and substances such as drugs, reduce the consumption of stimulant drinks such as coffee, tea or soda, do some kind of exercise, and join in recreational activities. The psychiatrist is the one to prescribe the most effective method.
“Although bipolar disorder can have a significant impact on the quality of life of patients, it is also one of the most treatable mental illnesses. The combination of medications and psychotherapy helps most of them to have a full and rewarding life, "he concluded.
Remember that any health problem should be consulted with a doctor or physician, we at Equilibrium want to give you timely information, we do not pretend to give medical advice; and self-medicating or using the internet for self-diagnosis can do more harm than good.
Landsteiner Scientific is a Mexican pharmaceutical company dedicated to the research and development, manufacture, distribution and commercialization of health products, with the mission of contributing to the well-being of society through the ethical and professional development of innovative products of excellence at the service of health.