Use of health services

In the ECA study, 39 per cent of those with bipolar I or bipolar II disorders received outpatient psychiatric treatment within 1 year and about 10 per cent would receive inpatient treatment within a 6-month period. In the NCS study, 45 per cent of those with bipolar disorder had received psychiatric treatment in the previous 12 months; although 93 per cent reported lifetime treatment for their bipolar disorder. However, both of these studies suggest that more than half the individuals with bipolar disorder are not currently in psychiatric treatment and, given the high morbidity and mortality associated with bipolar disorder, this is of major concern. (4)

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