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by Professor Eleni
Published: August 2016
Mania is the hallmark of bipolar disorder, yet depression
is the predominant clinical state and the one most responsible for
the high morbidity and mortality associated with this
The diagnosis of bipolar depression, though
seemingly straightforward, can become a challenging task in the
absence of a previous history of mania. Differentiating bipolar
from unipolar depression is essential in order to make the correct
choice of drug treatment. (The pharmacological treatment of bipolar
depression will be covered in Part 2 of this module, which is
currently in production.)
In this module you will
learn how to recognise bipolarity in patients presenting in a
depressed state. Evidence-based information, where available, and
practical advice will be given on how to carry out an informed
examination and avoid any pitfalls in reaching the correct
treatment of resistant depression: an overview
by Professor Philip J. Cowen
management of mania by Dr Karine A.N. Macritchie and
Professor Allan H. Young
Treating depression in later
life by Dr Cathy Symonds and Professor Julian
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