Assessment of functioning

  • Eduard Vieta


Bipolar disorder patients have high rates of psychosocial morbidity that commonly affects independent living, and vocational and social activities, which is exacerbated by the early onset of the disease [1,2]. In one study of 53 patients who recently experienced their first mania episode with or without psychosis, 62.3% met the criteria for full remission of mood symptoms. Yet, the same proportion of patients was found to have at least moderate functional disability [2]. At 6-months follow-up, 25.7% of patients had at least moderate disability, and better functioning at 6 months was associated with remission of depressive symptoms [2]. A European analysis suggested that only approximately 70% of bipolar disorder patients are either unemployed or receive disability payments [3].


Depressive Symptom Bipolar Disorder Mania Episode Mood Symptom Bipolar Disorder Patient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eduard Vieta
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  1. 1.Hospital ClinicUniversity of BarcelonaSpain

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