Bipolar disorder--costs and comorbidity.

  title={Bipolar disorder--costs and comorbidity.},
  author={Robert M. A. Hirschfeld and Lana A Vornik},
  journal={The American journal of managed care},
  volume={11 3 Suppl},
Not only is bipolar disorder a chronic, severe psychiatric disorder, it is also expensive to treat and expensive to society. An estimate of the total cost of bipolar disorder made more than a decade ago was as high as 45 billion dollars per year. Most of this cost is accounted for by indirect costs related to reduced functional capacity and lost work. Patients with bipolar disorder have higher rates of utilization of healthcare resources compared with the general population and compared with… CONTINUE READING


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