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Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2014 Nov;16(11):499. doi: 10.1007/s11920-014-0499-z.

Excess mortality in bipolar disorders.

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Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA, USA, christopher.miller8@va.gov.

Abstract

Bipolar disorder is associated with high mortality, and people with this disorder on average may die 10-20 years earlier than the general population. This excess and premature mortality continues to occur despite a large and expanding selection of treatment options dating back to lithium and now including anticonvulsants, antipsychotics, and evidence-based psychotherapies. This review summarizes recent findings on mortality in bipolar disorder, with an emphasis on the role of suicide (accounting for about 15% of deaths in this population) and cardiovascular disease (accounting for about 35-40% of deaths). Recent care models and treatments incorporating active outreach, integrated mental and physical health care, and an emphasis on patient self-management have shown promise in reducing excess mortality in this population.

PMID:
25194314
DOI:
10.1007/s11920-014-0499-z
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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