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Oklahoma has almost 33,000 adults diagnosed with untreated severe bipolar disorder

by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: June 29, 2014

Oklahoma has almost 33,000 adults diagnosed with untreated severe bipolar disorder, according to data recently published by the Treatment Advocacy Center.

Additionally, the state has about 12,700 adults diagnosed with untreated schizophrenia.

As the Treatment Advocacy Center points out:

Individuals with untreated schizophrenia or severe bipolar disorder are the most at-risk populations for a host of poor outcomes that affect them and their communities. These consequences of non-treatment include arrest, incarceration, hospitalization, homelessness, victimization and violence, including suicide, homicide and other violent acts.  

The numbers were calculated using 2014 U.S. Census Bureau population data and National Institute of Mental Health estimates of prevalence and treatment by diagnosis.

You can read more about the Treatment Advocacy Center’s report here.

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by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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