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91377 - Recognition and management of bipolar disorder

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
1 hour


This online learning module includes an original peer reviewed article written for GPs on Improving recognition and management of bipolar disorder with immediate feedback on answers including some guidance from the expert

Relevance to General Practice

- About 1 to 1.5% of people in Australia will develop bipolar disorder. 
- Poor management of this episodic illness significantly impairs social, emotional and economic wellbeing, to the detriment of both the patient and the community. 
- Currently, patients with bipolar disorder tend to be symptomatic almost half the time and on average die many years earlier than the rest of the population. 
- Suicide occurs in 10 to 15% of patients with bipolar disorder. 
- About 13% of GP encounters are mental health-related in 2014–15 and around a third of these presentations are related to depression. 
- Although unipolar depression is 10 to 15 times more common than bipolar disorder, patients with bipolar illness usually first present with depression, delaying diagnosis. 
- From a GP perspective, an enormous difference can be made to their patients’ with bipolar disorder lives by finding the right combination of psychological intervention and medications.

Learning outcomes
  • List features of mania
  • Recognise clinical features of depression more often associated with bipolar than unipolar depression
  • Discuss the principles of managing patients with bipolar disorder
  • Select pharmacotherapy to treat bipolar disorder and prevent relapse
  • Develop a process to identify patients with depression who should be screened for bipolar disorder
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