What are the increased risks in patients with dual diagnosis of substance abuse and bipolar affective disorder (manic-depressive illness)?

Updated: May 30, 2019
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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One area of major concern is the relationship between violent crime and bipolar disorder. This danger is particularly present and prominent with patients who have a substance abuse problem. [116] Although some persons with bipolar disorder may become violent, clinicians must be vigilant when treating patients with the dual diagnosis of substance abuse.

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