What is Bipolar Disorder?

Lakshmi Yatham, MBBS, FRCPC, MRCPsych (UK), discusses bipolar disorder.

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Lakshmi Yatham, MBBS, FRCPC, MRCPsych (UK), discusses bipolar disorder.
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Featuring Lakshmi Yatham, MBBS, FRCPC, MRCPsych (UK)

Duration: 53 seconds

So bipolar disorders are a type of mood disorder. There are several subtypes of bipolar disorders.

The most common ones are Bipolar 1 and 2 disorders. These affect approximately 5 percent of the population, which means that we have about 1.5 million people with this condition in Canada. Bipolar disorder is a serious psychiatric condition. The sad part is that, if not treated, approximately 15 percent of people with this condition kill themselves.

The good news is that there are several good treatments available for this condition and we know that treatments do reduce the risk of suicide, and also improve functioning. So if you do think that you have a bipolar disorder, make sure to seek help.

Presenter: Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, Psychiatrist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Psychiatrist

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