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Bipolar disorder I. Temperament and character
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Social medicine.
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2004 (English)In: Journal of Affective Disorders, ISSN 0165-0327, E-ISSN 1573-2517, Vol. 82, no 1, 131-134 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

Background: The nature of the relationship between personality and bipolar affective disorders is an important but unanswered question. Methods: We have studied personality in bipolar patients by using the Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI). TCI were administered to 100 euthymic bipolar patients and 100 controls from the normal population.

Results: Bipolar patients were significantly higher in harm avoidance (HA) and lower in reward dependence (RD), self-directedness (SD), and cooperativeness (CO) than controls. Bipolar patients are more fatigable, less sentimental, more independent, less purposeful, less resourceful, less empathic, less helpful, less pure-hearted, and have less impulse control than controls. Bipolar II patients are more impulsive, more fatigable, less resourceful, and have less impulse control than bipolar I patients.

Limitations: Our results are limited to euthymic bipolar patients and cannot be generalized to affective disorders.

Conclusions: Even when clinically euthymic on lithium maintenance, bipolar patients continue to have a characteristic cognitive deficit. This is in agreement with cognitive theories about cognitive deficits in depression that are regarded as important vulnerability factors in mood disorders.

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Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2004. Vol. 82, no 1, 131-134 p.
Keyword [en]
personality, temperament, character, bipolar
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Psychiatry Neurology Neurosciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-122150DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2003.09.004ISI: 000224670500016PubMedID: 15465586OAI: diva2:941478
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