Measurement of inter-episode impulsivity in bipolar disorder

Psychiatry Res. 2001 Mar 25;101(2):195-7. doi: 10.1016/s0165-1781(00)00249-3.


We carried out a preliminary investigation of impulsivity in patients with bipolar I disorder not meeting criteria for active episodes. Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS-11) scores were significantly higher in bipolar disorder than in control subjects. Laboratory measurements of impulsivity correlated with a BIS-11 score or severity of manic symptoms. Impulsivity in bipolar disorder may have both stable and state-dependent aspects.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bipolar Disorder / complications*
  • Bipolar Disorder / psychology
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Disruptive, Impulse Control, and Conduct Disorders / complications*
  • Disruptive, Impulse Control, and Conduct Disorders / diagnosis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales