Bipolar Disorder

January, 2011 | Vol: 9 Issue: 1

In this issue

Learning Objective


Using Lithium in Bipolar Disorder: A Primer [Subscribers Only]

Currently, lithium is FDA approved for both acute mania and for maintenance bipolar treatment, but not for bipolar depression. Lithium is dirt-cheap and the size of its database for efficacy in bipolar disorder is unmatched by any other medication, although many of these studies are old.

Discussing Bipolar Disorder with Your Patients

In my experience, there are five common reactions from patients with a new diagnosis of bipolar disorder, and here are some suggestions for how to respond constructively.

Expert QA

Distinguishing Bipolar from Unipolar Depression

Some patients complain bitterly about depression and dysphoria, but they don’t tell you anything about the other half of their lives—the upswings of mood and energy—so you may not realize the need to suspect bipolar illness.

Research Update