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An article in Medical Xpress reports on a study which found that delays in the diagnosis of bipolar disorder, especially in people misusing drugs or alcohol, could be preventing people from receiving effective treatment for the disorder. The study found that two months was the average delay in presenting for treatment to receiving a bipolar diagnosis, but for people with co-occurring drug or alcohol abuse disorders the average delay was two years. Researchers suggest that this failure to recognize symptoms of bipolar disorder could be due to misattributing symptoms to drug or alcohol abuse. It is critical that clinicians find more effective ways of identifying bipolar disorder earlier, especially in patients with a co-occurring drug or alcohol disorder. To read this article in its entirety, click here.