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Bipolar disorder misdiagnosed in a quarter of cases

Bipolar disorder is misdiagnosed as depression in over a quarter of cases, a new study suggests. The research was presented in June, 2009 at the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Annual Meeting in Liverpool.

Psychiatrists Dr Krishna Gangineni and Dr Richard Annear, who work in Wales, reviewed the medical notes of people referred to psychiatric services for assessment.

“Recognition of bipolar disorder and its adequate treatment is paramount because bipolar disorder exacts such a high personal and societal toll,” Dr Gangineni and Dr Annear said, “with high rates of suicide and interpersonal problems and a substantial economic burden.”

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