Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that results in significant and often sudden shifts in a person\u2019s mood, energy, and ability to think clearly. High and low moods, called mania and depression, can severely impact a person\u2019s quality of life and ability to function. Rapid cycling is having four or more episodes of illness within a 12-month period. This form of bipolar disorder tends to be more treatment-resistant than non-rapid-cycling bipolar disorder. The average age of bipolar onset is 25, although the disorder can affect adolescents and even children, although far less commonly. The condition affects an estimated 5.7 million adult Americans or 2.6% of the U.S. population. Additionally, 83% of diagnosed cases are severe. Researchers have found distinctive gender differences in bipolar disorder, although these findings are inconsistent. Read on to learn more about depression and mania and how Lucida Treatment Center can help you manage your symptoms. Depression And Mania In Men Excessive co-occurring use of alcohol, cannabis, and nicotine is likely much higher in men. Additionally, men are more likely to experience mania during their first bipolar episode. Bipolar disorder may be more common in males ages 16-25 than females in the same age demographic. Men with bipolar disorder are also more likely to have conduct problems or antisocial behaviors in childhood, which may increase the risk of violence and problems with the law. Bipolar Disorders In Women About three times as many women than men experience rapid cycling. Additionally, women may have more depressive episodes than men. They also show more severe depressive symptoms and experience more mixed episodes than men. Women also may have more psychotic symptoms such as paranoid delusions. More women with acute mania tend to live independently or with a partner. Bipolar disorder may be more common in females aged 25 and older than males. Gender Differences In Bipolar Disorder 74.6% of males and 42.6% of females were using substances. This is much higher rates than in the general population. While men were more likely to use cannabis than females, researchers did not note any gender differences in alcohol or polysubstance use. During treatment, men were more likely than women to decrease or stop substance use. Men who fell ill during the first episode of psychosis were more likely than women to receive understanding and support from family members. Women were also seven times more likely to have experienced sexual abuse than men. The female incidence rate in the study group was significantly higher than in the general population (30% versus 19.7%). A study analyzed 461 men and 629 women with bipolar I disorder. More women with the condition suffered from depressive symptoms, while men experienced more manic symptoms. Women were also more likely to suffer from metabolic disorders, while men had more neurologic conditions and cancer. How Lucida Treatment Center Can Help Depression And Mania Researchers believe that differences in brain maturation, psychosocial development, and changes in the female reproductive cycle are factors in bipolar gender differences. Gender-specific bipolar treatment addresses both gender and individual differences. Women\u2019s mental health treatment takes into account symptoms such as more severe mood swings and hormonal factors. Men\u2019s mental health treatment may focus on symptoms like risk-taking, impulsivity, and anger. Researchers have proven that attending a rehab facility for your specific gender helps you focus on your treatment and have a better recovery. If you would like to attend a rehab program that focuses on your specific gender, contact Lucida Treatment Center at to learn about the programs we offer. We can provide you with individual therapy, group therapy, and other services that will help you cope with a mental illness, so you do not have to suffer from depression and mania in your everyday life.