Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Practice Patient's journey

My bipolar expedition

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 05 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:30

Rapid Response:

The patient's valuable contributions.

Suzanne Johnston's article vividly describes what it is like to live and
cope with bipolar affective disorder.

More importantly, it highlights the importance of psychoeducation in
this illness which will undoubtedly improve a patients insight into the
illness, as well as improve compliance with treatment.It's contribution to
risk management is thus invaluable.

She has identified the need for multidisciplinary team approach to
the management of this illness which is crutial for all psychiatric
illnesses and medicine in general, with particular refrence to accident
and emmergency department which often act as an interface between patients
and psychiatric services.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 January 2006
Martina O Onokerhoraye
sho psyhiatry
The evington center, mental health services for the elderly,leicester,LE 5,4QG.