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Bipolar Disorder: Disease Burden
Martha Sajatovic, MD
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Robert M.A. Hirschfeld, MD; and Lana A. Vornik, MSc
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Bipolar Disorder: Disease Burden

Martha Sajatovic, MD

Bipolar disorder poses a major challenge to the healthcare system. The condition is frequently misdiagnosed and may be more common than previously thought. Recurrence rates are high, even with ongoing therapy. Bipolar disorder affects many aspects of a patient's life. Loss of function is common, and quality of life is often greatly reduced. Unemployment rates are high among patients with bipolar disorder, and individuals often have difficulty in the workplace and in social and personal relationships. Individuals with bipolar disorder have high rates of psychiatric and medical comorbidity, which contributes to increased utilization of healthcare resources. The estimated annual societal cost of bipolar disorder ranges from $10 billion to $45 billion.

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