Brief ReportCharacterization of Risk-Taking in Adults With Bipolar Spectrum DisordersReinharth, Jonathan PhD*; Braga, Raphael MD†; Serper, Mark PhD*‡Author Information *Department of Psychology, Hofstra University; †Department of Psychiatry, Hofstra University School of Medicine and Northwell Health, Hempstead; and ‡Department of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York. Send reprint requests to Mark Serper, PhD, Department of Psychology, Hofstra University, Hauser Hall, Hempstead, NY 11549-1350. E-mail: [email protected]. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease: July 2017 - Volume 205 - Issue 7 - p 580-584 doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000680 Buy Metrics Abstract Individuals with bipolar spectrum disorders experience higher morbidity and mortality rates relative to the general population because of increased commission of dangerous behaviors. Despite this impact, little is known about the overall rates of risk-taking behaviors in patients currently being treated for such illness. This study examined the frequency of a variety of risk-taking behaviors in 100 adults with bipolar spectrum disorders in an active outpatient psychiatric treatment. It was found that 70% of individuals assessed reported at least one risk-taking behavior over the preceding 7 days. Implications for assessment and intervention are discussed. Copyright © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.