Although bipolar disorder affects an almost equal number of men and women, men are more likely to experience manic episodes in their first bipolar episode, reports Everyday Health. They are also more likely to have substance abuse issues than women as result of the disorder.
In addition, men experience their first bipolar episode earlier than women, states Everyday Health. Men are also more likely to act on their manic episodes than women, which helps doctors make a bipolar diagnosis sooner in men than women.
On the other hand, depression is much more common in women with bipolar than men, reports Everyday Health. Women are also more likely to suffer from anxiety, panic disorders and migraines.
Although some symptoms of bipolar disorder affect more men than women and vice-versa, the general symptoms of bipolar disorder include both mania and depression, states Everyday Health. Symptoms of mania include excessive activity, racing thoughts, abnormally good mood and inability to concentrate. Symptoms of depression include anxiety, guilt, insomnia and sadness, among others.
As of 2015, there is no cure for bipolar disorder, according to the National Institute for Mental Health. However, treatment options include medications such as mood stabilizers and atypical antipsychotics. Doctors may also prescribe antidepressants along with mood stabilizers and encourage simultaneous psychotherapy.