Bipolar disorders are recurrent, chronic mood disorders characterised by periods of elevated mood and periods of depression that affect about 1% of Australians.
There are several types (bipolar I, bipolar II, and cyclothymic disorders) and presentations (for example, mixed episodes, rapid cycling). Early diagnosis is difficult, and misdiagnosis is common, which can result in suboptimal management and adverse outcomes for the patient.
Effective management of bipolar disorders in adults requires treatment of acute episodes and ongoing relapse prevention, which is also referred as prophylaxis.
Individualised long-term management plans include prophylactic medication, psychosocial therapies, risk management, and careful monitoring for treatment-related complications. Management usually occurs in a shared-care arrangement between primary health care and specialist mental health services.
There are 3 modules in this course:
At the end of this module participants will be able to: