A 40-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of death from bipolar depression?

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Dr. Basem Shlewiet
Psychiatry 29 years experience
Suicide is one : The risk of suicide is high in bipolar depression due to highly impulsive behaviors. Not to mention other results of self destructive behaviors. Drug use and so on.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

Can having depression or bipolar disorder cause you to have a lower iq?

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Dr. Bartholomew Vereb
Child Psychiatry 18 years experience
Probably not: Depression, or bipolar disorder, are illnesses. Like any other illness, they can affect your ability to think or to process information. Iq is a relatively fixed quantity. So, it is likely that if you are, for example, depressed, you may test at a lower iq. But, once you get better, you would test at a level more reflective of your actual ability.
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Dr. Richard Levenson
Anxiety Disorders 34 years experience
Completely disagree. IQ is very sensitive to changes in emotional functioning and it can depress scores.
Oct 28, 2012
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