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New Bipolar Study Statistics Suggest Serious Work Ahead

A recent study by the National Institute of Mental Health says that about 2. 4 percent of the world's population has bipolar disorder.  (The National Institute of Mental Health web site reports that an older study shows that in America, the number of adults with bipolar disorder is closer to *2.6 percent (5.7 million people).

This new study shows that the disorder is undertreated in poor countries. In fact, only 25.2 percent of people with bipolar disorder are being treated.

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Your Right To See Your Patient Records

A previous post sparked a lot of conversation about patient records. I was asked by a reader if patients are allowed to see their records, so I thought I would share what I said, with you:

If you are a therapy patient, you need to know: You have the right to see many, if not most, of your clinical records, at any point in time.

There is a pesky "however": However, you generally do not have the right to see the therapist's personal notes that are written during and sometimes after, your therapy session (you have to check with your own state's regulations).

Those of you who've been reading Therapy Soup for awhile (especially the "
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3 Psychotherapy Myths: Clinic Vs. Private Practice

Recently, I got a call from a woman who was very unhappy with the therapist she was "assigned" (her emphasis) at a community clinic.  She felt she was getting sub-par therapy. I also got an email from someone else about this subject, in the same week!

Anyway, I asked the caller some questions to ascertain what her objection to the clinic's therapist was, and came to the conclusion (admittedly based on only a brief conversation), that she felt therapists who work in clinics were less talented, experienced, and qualified than therapists in private practice. She felt that they work in clinics because they aren't "good enough" to have private practices. There are also other myths associated with mental health clinics that can easily be cleared up.
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