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Journal of Affective Disorders 177 (2015) 59–64 Chris B. Aiken, Richard H. Weisler, Gary S. Sachs Click to link to the article Background The Bipolarity Index is a clinician-rated scale that rates cardinal features of the disorder across five domains: signs and symptoms, age of onset, course of illness, response to treatment, and family history. We tested the Index in routine clinical practice to identify the optimal cut-off for distinguishing bipolar from non-bipolar disorders. Method Sequential patients in a private practice were rated with the Bipolarity Index (n=1903) at intake. Diagnoses were made with the MINI-6.0.0 International Neuropsychiatric Interview according to DSM-IV-TR…

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Psychiatr Danub. 2015, vol. 27 Suppl 1, 328-331 Maurilio Giuseppe Maria Tavormina, Romina Tavormina, Eugenio Nemoianni, Giuseppe Tavormina Click here to the article link Psychiatric patients often suffer for two reasons: due to the illness and due to the social stigma of mental illness, that increases the uneasiness and psychic pain of the person suffering from serious psychiatric disorder. This unwell person is often the object of stigma because he is “different” from others, and he also can be margenalised by society. In this study we intend to assess whether these margenalising attitudes might be also present among mental health professionals who have presented…

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ISSN: 2047-1882 (Print) – 2047-1890 (Online) Guest Editor: Mark Agius, Consulting Editor: Giuseppe Tavormina, Editor-In-Chief: Professor Frank MC Besag Click to download Bipolar Affective disorder is a very common condition in Mental Health Services in both Primary and Secondary Care. However, it is often not suspected and consequently it is both underdiagnosed and inappropriately managed. This is a cause for concern because patients who are inadequately treated for bipolar disorder can be at high risk of suicide. Patients with bipolar disorder are often misdiagnosed as having recurrent unipolar depression; the explanation for this is that although they often have recurring episodes of…

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