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Why it’s important to seek professional diagnosis and treatment for bipolar disorder

Posted on Monday, 18 March 2013, in Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar takes on average 10.5 years to diagnose in the UK and misdiagnosis occurs on average 3.5 times.  This is why it is important to seek specialist diagnosis and treatment for Bipolar.

One of the key issues with Bipolar Disorder is that it takes an average of 10.5 years to receive a correct diagnosis for bipolar in the UK and misdiagnosis occurs on average 3.5 times.

5% of People in the UK struggle with Bipolar

With recent research suggesting as many as 5% of the population are on the bipolar spectrum – there are many people suffering and are unaware of illness they have.

The World Health Organisation has identified Bipolar as one of the top causes of lost years of life and health in 15-44 year olds, ranking above war, violence and schizophrenia as Bipolar increases the risk of suicide by up to 20 times.

The impact and devastation of bipolar is not just about the sufferer alone – it extends to parents and partners placing significant pressure on marriages and families and could therefore impact over 3 million people in the UK today.

If you think you may need treatment, call us to arrange a private consultation. 0203 326 9160


Even with current medical treatments, people with bipolar spend around 50% of their lives after onset with significant symptoms, mainly depressive.

Compared to other health problems that have a similar or lower impact, treatment for bipolar is still hampered by misunderstandings and severe stigma.

If you are concerned that you may have Bipolar please seek the help of a psychiatrist who specialises in diagnosing and treatment for Bipolar – call Caroline on 0843 634 1585 to discuss how we can help.

Or connect with Bipolar UK which is the National Charity that reaches out to 65,000 people every year to offer help.

Bipolar UK

Leading UK Charity for Bipolar

Emilie Head

Emilie Head Business Development and Content Editor BA(Hons), ACMA, MBACP

Emilie has three main roles at Clinical Partners – managing our NHS Partnerships, developing the services our Clinicians offer and writing and editing web content.

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