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Bipolar disorder severely impairs quality of life
People diagnosed with bipolar disorder (manic-depression) experience a varied illness ‘career’ in terms of its level of impact on their quality of life but it is known to have severely disabling effects, including higher rates of mortality than non-sufferers. It has a lifetime prevalence of 4%. Women are more likely than men to experience its most acute effects, including, for example, rapid mood cycling.1
Bipolar disorder is recurring, therefore long-term treatment and care is necessary. UK NICE guidance2 notes that the principal treatment is pharmacological but comments that psychosocial interventions are important too. However, they address little attention to the latter.
Reviewing non-drug based interventions
This paper presents a systematic review of published studies …
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