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Alaghbandrad J, Arsalani A, Mahmoudi Gharaei J. Academic Performance in Adolescents With Type I Bipolar Disorder and The Effect of Comorbid Psychiatric Disorders. Advances in Cognitive Sciences 2006; 7 (4) :22-27
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Objective: Academic failure subsequent to the development of Bipolar I Disorder (BID) has been reported in the literature. In this study, academic failure during adolescence, as well as the effect of comorbid psychiatric disorders on academic performance was assessed in these patients. 
Method: In a descriptive analytical study, adolescents with BID admitted to the Roozbeh hospital over a one school year period were assessed with regard to school retardation, school dropout and overall academic failure, as well as the effect of comorbid disorders on their academic function. Information was gathered on the basis of patients’ reports, and diagnosis was performed using clinical interview and according to DSM-IV criteria. 
Results: Seventy five patients with BID (52% female, 48% male) with the mean age of 15.41 (SD=1.7) participated in the study. Subjects’ mean years of academic failure was 1.48 (SD=1.8) and 60% had experienced at least 1 year school retardation. There was no significant statistical difference between the group without comorbidity and those with at least one additional psychiatric disorder, with regard to academic failure. 
Conclusion: Bipolar I Disorder in adolescent inpatients leads to academic failure; but the presence of comorbidities does not have a significant effect on academic failure.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2005/08/19 | Accepted: 2005/10/24 | Published: 2005/12/22

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