Bipolar Disorder - Prognosis

Most patients benefit to some extent from treatment, however responses vary widely from complete recovery to no improvement at all with any form of treatment. One of the most difficult problems is to find the right drug, the right combination of drugs, and the right dosage for any one patient. Bipolar disorder is a chronic condition. That is, most patients experience the condition throughout their lives and require lifelong treatment and observation.

Suicide is common among people with severe bipolar disorder who do not receive prompt or adequate treatment. The suicide rate is 15 to 25 percent among these individuals. With proper and early diagnosis and treatment, however, it is possible for bipolar patients to live normal lives.

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