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Bipolar still a difficult disease to diagnose

Bipolar disorder is still difficult to diagnose and many remain undiagnosed for years because of lack of knowledge or because of the stigma attached to mental illness. Bipolar generally causes alternation periods of mania, depression and normalcy. A Miami researcher believes that 5% to 8% of people in the US suffer from some form of bipolar whereas the NIMH bases its claim of 1% on very old statistics. A woman claims she was 28 before she was correctly diagnosed and treated for bipolar. Another man explains how he was diagnosed with and treated for Tourette’s Syndrome as a child. When he was 30 he went off his medication and was subsequently diagnosed with and treated for bipolar. Many people find that medication treatment is trial and error.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Quad-Cities Online

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About: Bipolar still a difficult disease to diagnose

Date: 21 November 2004

Source: Quad-Cities Online

Author: Dustin Lemmon, Amy Thon

URL: http://64.4.171.250/archives/qco/sections.cgi?prcss=display&id=219965

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