NICE issues new guidance to improve the treatment of bipolar disorderBMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7561.220 (Published 27 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:220
- Adrian O'Dowd
New national guidance for England and Wales encourages doctors to spot and treat bipolar disorder sooner and more accurately.
Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression, affects around 1% of the population and takes an average of eight years to be correctly diagnosed. It is associated with the highest suicide rate of any mental illness—one in seven people who are untreated commit suicide—but it …