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Bipolar disorder or manic depression affects up to 1:50 people in UK. Diagnosis often takes 8 years to occur. Sufferers experience alternating euphoria and depression. They often seek treatment when depressed and are thus given anti-depressants and condition remains undiagnosed and becomes worse. The delayed diagnosis results in ¼ of sufferers attempting suicide.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by BBC News UK Edition
About: Up to ¼ of bipolar disorder sufferers attempt suicide due to delayed diagnosis
Date: 18 Jan 2004
Source: BBC News UK Edition
Author: Pat Hagan
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