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Impact of Bipolar Disorder on the Family: Utilization and Cost of Health Care Resources

Mary Lou Chatterton, PharmD, Xiongkan Ke, MS, Barbara Edelman Lewis, PhD, MHA, Krithika Rajagopalan, PhD, and Arthur Lazarus, MD, MBA
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The authors describe a study in which “bipolar families,” compared with families without a serious mental illness, incurred much higher medical costs, visited physicians more often, had more hospital stays, and spent more money on prescription­ drugs.