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Bipolar affective disorder

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 20 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:976

Suicide statistics were misleading

  1. Thomas J P Verberne (, clinical neuropsychologist (retired)
  1. 14 Crampton Crescent, Rosanna, Victoria 3084, Australia
  2. University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3BX

    EDITOR—Morriss et al say that the lifetime prevalence of suicide attempts in people with bipolar affective disorder is 50% and that this figure could be reduced by treatment.1 I have two comments.

    Firstly, the lifetime prevalence of completed suicides among bipolar patients is of an order of magnitude less than 50% and is not significantly different from that of people suffering from schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, alcohol dependency, or …

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