Bipolar Disorder is viewed by many as a taboo subject not fit for polite conversation. While many patients with bipolar disorder do want to keep their privacy about health matters, they should never feel embarrassed or ashamed to talk about their illness when they feel it is necessary. Open conversations about bipolar disorder can help the patient and their loved ones better cope with the condition.
Last week, we looked at three studies that indicated that people with serious mental illness can expect to lose anywhere from nine to 25 years of life. The one study that looked at those with bipolar in particular suggested 10-11 lost years. The studies were based on data from patients in the mental health system in various jurisdictions.…