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#1 2020-06-13 20:46:52

Registered: 2020-06-13
Posts: 10

Is there a common age where bipolar starts?

I was trying to figure out if age plays a role in this disorder. I know someone who suffers from it and thinking back to our childhood, I never remember him being out of the ordinary with anything and now he is on 3 different medications to manage his issues with this disorder. Is there an age where it just comes on out of nowhere?


#2 2020-06-18 22:52:07

Registered: 2020-06-18
Posts: 16

Re: Is there a common age where bipolar starts?

I read that in most cases it starts in a person's teens but it can happen later in life, though it is rare. The average age for boys is 19 and this is based on most cases being developed and discovered at this age.


#3 2020-06-26 00:50:52

Registered: 2020-06-26
Posts: 18

Re: Is there a common age where bipolar starts?

Males are more likely to suffer as well. I think that the stress is there but the actual signs of the disorder can come out of the blue. In most cases from what I have seen and read, major stress triggers the disorder to happen. This is why it is commonly seen in older teens and younger 20 somethings because this is where life tends to become more stressful.


#4 2020-06-28 23:36:06

Registered: 2020-06-28
Posts: 13

Re: Is there a common age where bipolar starts?

I am a female and got diagnosed this year, I am 23. So the numbers aren't an exact science but for all I know, I could have had the issue since my late teens. I think most people have bipolar for a while before it gets officially diagnosed and sorted.


#5 2020-06-30 20:50:34

Registered: 2020-06-30
Posts: 17

Re: Is there a common age where bipolar starts?

I always heard of the age being 22 but it could have dropped since I last looked into this. I think this is down to stress in teens. So many of them deal with things we didn't have growing up. At least not me since I am older now.


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