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Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. Updated: Jun 3rd 2010

According to a Stanley Foundation Bipolar Network survey of 258 of its bipolar patients, people who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder experiences depression three times more than mania despite medication. Allan Swann, M.D. of the University of Texas has said that people with bipolar depression are more likely to experience depression more often, earlier and see more substance abuse issues.

Interestingly enough, the DSM-IV fails to distinguish between unipolar and bipolar depression, even though this might be critical to actually differentiating between the diagnoses.

It often takes years to diagnose bipolar disorder after an initial misdiagnosis of depression.

Anyone who has ever gone to therapy for years only to learn later that they’ve been misdiagnosed feels a great sense of loss and anger. However, it’s important to note that even in that time, there may have been a sense of connection or skills integrated that may still have served that person.

Read in Full:  http://www.mentalhelp.net/poc/view_doc.php?type=doc&id=37575&cn=4



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