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Characterization of Risk-Taking in Adults With Bipolar Spectrum Disorders

Reinharth, Jonathan PhD*; Braga, Raphael MD; Serper, Mark PhD*‡

The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease: July 2017 - Volume 205 - Issue 7 - p 580–584
doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000680
Brief Report

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.

*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.

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