Predominant polarity of bipolar patients in Israel

Yamima Osher, Yuri Yaroslavsky, Rona El-Rom, Robert H. Belmaker

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Studies in European and American populations have suggested that the course of bipolar illness is most often characterised by a predominance of depressions over manias. The current chart review study suggests that among manic-depressive patients in Southern Israel, a predominately manic course of illness is more common. Unlike some previous studies, no sex differences were noted in type of illness course. Possible explanations for the main finding, including climate-related factors, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-189
Number of pages3
JournalWorld Journal of Biological Psychiatry
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2000


  • bipolar disorder
  • polarity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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