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How does social isolation affect suicide risk in bipolar disorder?

Social isolation is a multiplier of suicide risk. Bipolar disorder often manifests itself in adolescence, the very time when one is developing social skills and patterns of friendships. People who have been quite ill with early onset bipolar illness often become so dejected about themselves and/or do not develop social skills needed for lasting adult friendships so that they find themselves isolated. Even family members sometimes burn out after facing repeated crises with their not-yet-stabilized daughter, son, or spouse with bipolar disorder. Therefore, building a community in which those affected by the illness can find support, understanding, and associates whom they can engage in meaningful activities is an important goal in treating people with this illness.

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