Does Having Bipolar Disorder Equate to an Early Death?

January 8, 2015 6:44 PM

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Last week I read a HuffPost blog by doctor Allen Frances (Duke University) exclaiming the perils of having a serious mental illness (SMI) -- such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and severe depression. In the article, he states that people with these illnesses "die 20 years early, on average, because of a combination of lousy medical care, smoking, lack of exercise, complications of medication, suicide, and accidents."

As the mother of a son with bipolar disorder, my heart sank once again. I read the article over and over, shared it with my husband, read it to my son and posted it on our International Bipolar Foundation's Facebook page. The statistics are shameful and alarming, and I choose not to accept them as h...

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