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U.S. Has Highest Number of People Afflicted With Bi-Polar Disorder-It’s The Health System

Posted Mar 09 2011 2:35am

Ok are we bi-polar because of our horrible health system?  It is enough to make anyone depressed!  Chances are we probably diagnose more cases here in the US as perhaps there’s more information and more of a focus.  Drug companies sure image want more of us diagnosed so they can treat us <grin>.  Bi polar is such a hard thing to understand at times as I have friend who have been diagnosed at different levels and sometimes you forget as a friend that they have the disorder until the depression side sets in as the mania side is usually fun and busy. 

I learned by writing this post about Bipolar 1 and 2 and didn’t realize there were 2 defined areas of the disorder, although intelligence tells me like everything else that disorders are different in different people.  BD

( ) -- About 2.4% of people around the world have had a diagnosis of bipolar disorder at some point in their lifetime, according to the first comprehensive international figures on the topic.

The United States has the highest lifetime rate of bipolar disorder at 4.4%, and India the lowest, with 0.1%.

Bipolar disorder is characterized by cycles of depression and mania, a euphoric, high-energy state that can result in heightened levels of creativity or output as well as erratic or risky behavior. People with bipolar disorder are at high risk of substance abuse and suicide, and treatment includes psychiatric care and medication.

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