Results of impact of bipolar


Diagnosis

Early and accurate diagnosis is crucial to effective management of bipolar I disorder. The first step to identifying bipolar I disorder is to recognise the symptoms and see an appropriate healthcare professional.1

Bipolar I disorder is often misdiagnosed or goes undetected for years. Many people do not report all of their symptoms to a physician or they are not aware that they have an illness.2

The IMPACT study found that the length of time between experiencing first symptoms of mania and being diagnosed with bipolar I disorder varied with 27% reporting that it took more than five years to be diagnosed.3

27% reporting that it took more than five years to be diagnosed

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Over two thirds (68%) of participants were experiencing both manic and depressive symptoms when first diagnosed.3

Symptoms people experienced when first diagnosed with bipolar I disorder

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References

  1. National Institute of Mental Health. Bipolar Disorder 2009. Available at: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/bipolar-disorder/nimh-bipolar-adults.pdf. Accessed August 2012.
  2. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). Types of Bipolar Disorder 2006. Available at: http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=education_bipolar_types. Accessed August 2012.
  3. IMPACT of Bipolar Study 2012 (data on file)
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