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Consequences of delayed diagnosis of bipolar disorders

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Jan Scott


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Over 60% of individuals with bipolar disorders report that they received between 1-4 prior diagnoses, with delay in diagnosis being a particular problem in females with bipolar II disorders. Clinical recognition of bipolarity may take up to 10 years, during which time individuals may have received a number of inadequate or inappropriate treatments. This paper describes the adverse clinical, functional and economic consequences of the failure to identify cases of bipolar disorder at the earliest possible time. (C) L'Encephale, Paris, 2011.

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Author(s): Scott J, Leboyer M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: L' Encephale

Year: 2011

Volume: 37

Issue: s3

Pages: S173-S175

Print publication date: 01/12/2011

ISSN (print): 0013-7006

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Publisher: Elsevier Masson