Journal article

Bipolar and psychotic disorders in elite athletes: a narrative review

Alan Currie, Paul Gorczynski, Simon M Rice, Rosemary Purcell, R Hamish McAllister-Williams, Mary E Hitchcock, Brian Hainline, Claudia L Reardon

BRITISH JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2019

Abstract

Bipolar and psychotic disorders are relatively common and likely to have a significant impact on quality of life and functioning which, in the context of elite sport, includes a potential negative impact on sporting performance. For this narrative review article, the literature on bipolar and psychotic disorders in elite athletes was comprehensively searched, and little empirical research was found. A diagnosis of bipolar or psychotic disorders may be challenging in elite athletes because of complicating factors related to the modifying role of exercise and potential precipitating impact of substance use. Medications used to treat bipolar and psychotic disorders may have side effects particu..

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