Bipolar men face their illness on far different grounds than do their female
counterparts. Safety nets and support systems for men frequently aren't
well-developed and so the bipolar male often finds himself desperately
alone in the battle against this disorder. We must all do our best to
understand and somehow mitigate this sad situation. I'd like to invite
all males who visit this site to please write to me <email@example.com>
and tell me of their experiences, both bad and good, as well as offer
any suggestions or tips to help other men who are doing their level best
to cope with this illness.
We need to know how a man copes, why they feel locked into a certain
way of coping, if that is the case, and what personal obstacles they've
had to overcome in coming to terms with this disorder. I am particularly
interested in what this website can do to make their lives easier and
offer them more of the support they are comfortable in accepting. So please,
if you've come to this page, then do write to me and let me hear
your thoughts and ideas.
I have provided few, if any, links on bipolar men in this section and
that is because such links don't seem to exist. I'd be interested in receiving
any information and links you, the reader, might know of for further inclusion
in this section. In lieu of having lots of links, I've opted to gather
bits of research I've done that point up some of the differences between
men and women sufferers. That information follows.
|Monoamine cell density - can be quantified
by the amount of radioactive signal (used to test for monoamine density)
present in different areas of the brain. Bipolar men have a 42 percent
higher binding rate. Specific biological causes for the clinical differences
in the course of the illness in men and women may be due to this difference.
||Women tend to have closer to normal monoamine
binding patterns or about 28% in the thalamus where the norm is approximately
31% for all bipolar subjects tested and taken together both male and
|Seasonal change may affect lithium blood
levels; one study of bipolar men suggested that their lithium levels
may be higher in summer.
||Women are more frequently known to be rapid-cyclers
and to experience what is known as mixed states. Women have a higher
incidence of depressive cycles than men do, and some experts suggest
that antidepressant medications may trigger the rapid cycling.)
|Fewer males rapid-cycle; they suffer fewer
depressive episodes and are at higher risk for having manic episodes
||Women are more likely to suffer more depressive
episodes than are men and less likely to experience full-blown mania
|Gonadal hormones may account for more intense
and frequent manias.
||Women suffer post-partum depression.
|Men are more likely than women to have a
comorbid substance abuse condition.
||Women are more likely to be hospitalised
for severe mania than are men.
|More men fall into the category of Bipolar
I than do women.
||More women than men are diagnosed as Bipolar
||Women, while not suffering as high a rate
of substance abuse as men, still have 4 times the rate of alcohol
abuse and 7 times the substance abuse rate compared to the normal