Risk factors for new-onset bipolar disorder in a community cohort: A five-year follow up study Journal Articles uri icon

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  • The aim of this study was to assess the risk factors for new-onset Bipolar Disorder (BD) in a community sample of young adults. This is a prospective cohort study including a population-based sample of young adults aged between 18-24 years. The baseline took place from 2007 to 2009, and 1560 subjects were included. Five years after, 1244 individuals were re-evaluated (79.7% retention). Substance abuse/dependence was assessed using the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST), and mental disorders were assessed using the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview 5.0 (MINI) at both waves. The cumulative incidence of BD in five years was 4.6%. There was no significant association between sociodemographic factors and BD incidence. Tobacco, cannabis, cocaine/crack, other substances abuse/dependence increased the relative risk for BD. Depressive, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorders, and the suicide risk increased the relative risk to BD. Depressive episode was the strongest risk factor for BD, followed by other mental disorders and substance abuse/dependence in a probabilistic community sample of young adults. Preventive actions in mental health directed at the non-clinical population are needed for early detection and better management of BD.


  • Bach, Suelen de Lima
  • Cardoso, Taiane de Azevedo
  • Moreira, Fernanda Pedrotti
  • Mondin, Thaíse Campos
  • Simjanoski, Mario
  • Kapczinski, Flávio Pereira
  • Frey, Benicio
  • Souza, Luciano Dias de Mattos
  • da Silva, Ricardo Azevedo
  • Jansen, Karen

publication date

  • September 2021