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NICE issues new guidance to improve the treatment of bipolar disorder

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 27 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:220
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. London

    New national guidance for England and Wales encourages doctors to spot and treat bipolar disorder sooner and more accurately.

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    The comedian Stephen Fry, who has bipolar disorder, interviews others with the condition in a BBC2 documentary, The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, to be screened in the autumn

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    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 …

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