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Understanding bipolar disorder

Philip B Mitchell
Med J Aust 2010; 192 (3): 163.
Published online: 1 February 2010

Over the past decade there has been a palpable surge of fascination with bipolar disorder in this country, generated at least in part by the moving testimonies of high-profile patients, and a resurgence of academic and pharmaceutical interest in the condition. This increasingly transparent public discourse has been a boon to those who have suffered in silence for so many years, and who now demand and expect quality information and guidance on understanding and living with the highly disabling illness. Consequently, there is now a healthy, growing market for well written, informative self-help books targeting bipolar disorder, for sufferers, their families and the lay community.

  • Philip B Mitchell

  • University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW

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