Journal article

Impact of irritability: a 2-year observational study of outpatients with bipolar I or schizoaffective disorder

Lesley Berk, Karen T Hallam, Kamalesh Venugopal, Andrew James Lewis, David W Austin, Jayashri Kulkarni, Seetal Dodd, Anthony de Castella, Paul B Fitzgerald, Michael Berk

BIPOLAR DISORDERS | WILEY | Published : 2017

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Many people experience irritability when manic, hypomanic, or depressed, yet its impact on illness severity and quality of life in bipolar and schizoaffective disorders is poorly understood. This study aimed to examine the relationship between irritability and symptom burden, functioning, quality of life, social support, suicidality, and overall illness severity in a naturalistic cohort of people with bipolar I or schizoaffective disorder. METHODS: We used data from 239 adult outpatients with bipolar I or schizoaffective disorder in the Bipolar Comprehensive Outcomes Study (BCOS) - a non-interventional observational study with a 2-year follow-up period. Baseline demographic and c..

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