Binge Eating May Complicate Bipolar Care

Binge eating and obesity often are present among bipolar patients, but the mood disorder appears to take a different path in those who binge eat than it does in obese bipolar patients who do not, according to new research. Conducted by the Mayo Clinic and presented in the Journal of Affective Disorders, the study found that bipolar patients who binge eat are more likely to have other mental health issues such as suicidal thoughts, psychosis, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse. This combination also affects women more than men. Additional research is planned to see whether there is a genetic link to binge eating disorder in bipolar disease.

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