Small Study: Many Patients With BD Fail To Take Meds As Prescribed.

Medwire (11/19, Lyford) reports that, according to a study published Oct. 28 in the Journal of Affective Disorders, “more than half of patients with bipolar disorder [BD] fail to take their medication as prescribed.” The 191-patient study revealed that “the most common reasons for nonadherence given by patients were side effects, lack of motivation, and a negative attitude toward” specific treatments. For example, “nonadherence to antipsychotics was predicted by substance dependence, negative attitudes to antipsychotics, and borderline personality disorder, whereas nonadherence to mood stabilizers was predicted by negative attitudes toward mood stabilizers and anxiety disorder.”

Related Links:

— “Bipolar disorder treatment nonadherence ‘needs more attention’, “Joanna Lyford, Medwire News, November 19, 2013.

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