In France, it is estimated that up to 2.5% of the population has bipolar disorder. But the reality is certainly much higher, as the average diagnosis time is between 8 and 10 years. “It is believed that hundreds of thousands of people live with this disease without knowing it”, concludes the association Bipolarité France. To better understand the issues associated with diagnosis and to improve care, the association is launching a major national survey of people with bipolar disorder.
Bipolar disorder, debilitating pathology
Hence the importance of early detection and diagnosis. Because when it is not taken care of, it can lead to “social isolation, school or professional difficulties, dangerous behavior (sexual, financial), almost daily insomnia and for half of the patients to suicide attempts”, continues the association.
The results of this study, based on an online questionnaire, will be included in a report released on the occasion of World Bipolar Disorder Day on March 30, 2023. “There is a real urgency to act to improve diagnosis and speed up those supported. We hope that this study can kick things off, which is why we encourage all patients to complete it!” concludes Renaud Maigne, President of Bipolarité France.
Results are expected on March 30, 2023, World Bipolar Disorder Day. To participate, click here.
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