Impulsivity and bipolar disorder

P. Najt, J. Perez, M. Sanches, M. A.M. Peluso, D. Glahn, J. C. Soares

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Impulsivity is frequently associated with bipolar disorder (BD) during manic episodes, but may also be present in euthymic bipolar patients. Aggression is an impulsivity-related behavior also found during manic episodes. The objective of this review is to further clarify the relationship between impulsivity and BD. A search in Medline and Psycinfo databases, combined with a manual search of selected references, was conducted to identify available literature on BD and impulsivity-related features. Although few studies have directly measured impulsivity in BD, available findings suggest that impulsivity is not only state-related, but also a trait component of BD, which could represent a core feature of the illness. Further research exploring the neurobiology of the impulsivity/BD relationship may contribute to elucidate the pathophysiology and to improve the diagnosis and treatment of this severe illness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-320
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Neuropsychopharmacology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Apr 1 2007


  • Aggressiveness;
  • Bipolar disorder;
  • Impulsivity;
  • Mood episodes;
  • Suicidality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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    Najt, P., Perez, J., Sanches, M., Peluso, M. A. M., Glahn, D., & Soares, J. C. (2007). Impulsivity and bipolar disorder. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 17(5), 313-320.