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Is It Possible To Develop Bipolar Disorder At The Age Of 70?

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Posted on Tue, 23 Jun 2015
Question: Is Bi-polar disorder likely to develop even after one is in their 70's?
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Answered by Dr. Chintan Solanki (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
yes it can develop, it is called late onset bipolar disorder

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Thanks for writing to us.

Age of onset of bipolar disorder in general is between 20 to 40 years. Almost 80-90% of cases of bipolar disorder onset before age of 50.
Bipolar onset after age of 50 is called late onset bipolar disorder.
Most of such cases are associated with some physical/neurological findings.
After age of 70 bipolar can start but we need to do detail neurological evaluation with Brain MRI scan.

Hope I have answered your query,I will be happy to help further.

Regards,
Dr.Chintan Solanki.
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Is It Possible To Develop Bipolar Disorder At The Age Of 70?

Brief Answer: yes it can develop, it is called late onset bipolar disorder Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for writing to us. Age of onset of bipolar disorder in general is between 20 to 40 years. Almost 80-90% of cases of bipolar disorder onset before age of 50. Bipolar onset after age of 50 is called late onset bipolar disorder. Most of such cases are associated with some physical/neurological findings. After age of 70 bipolar can start but we need to do detail neurological evaluation with Brain MRI scan. Hope I have answered your query,I will be happy to help further. Regards, Dr.Chintan Solanki.