(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - MedPage Today Action Points
o Explain to interested patients that depressive episodes that commonly occur with bipolar disorders may be severe and more persistent than those experienced by patients with major depressive disorder.
BOSTON, Sept. 1 -- Bipolar disorders cause twice as much lost time in the workplace as does major depression, according to a national mental health survey.
Workers with bipolar disorders who were surveyed reported losing an average of 65.5 lost work days a year, primarily during the depressive phase of the disease, reported Ronald C. Kessler, Ph.D., of Harvard Medical School, and colleagues in the Sept. 1 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry. In contrast, people with major depressions lost an average of 27.2 work days annually.
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