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Rigid rules for hypomanic patients are unfair

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 28 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1163
  1. Eleanor Halloran
  1. Research fellow MRC Brain Metabolism Unit, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Edinburgh EH10 5HF

    EDITOR,--Jo Alexander is concerned about elderly people who continue to drive.1 I wish to highlight the stigmatisation and unnecessary hardship suffered by some hypomanic patients because of the inflexible application of the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency's regulations, with limited rights of appeal. Current regulations require a person admitted to hospital with hypomania to inform the agency.2 After a time, while medical reports are sought, the person loses …

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