Recent Advances in the Management of Bipolar Depression

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Access these interactive, online activities designed to provide the care team with the resources and practical guidance they need to apply the most recent data, guidelines, and expert recommendations for the personalized treatment of their patients with bipolar depression.
Leslie Citrome, MD, MPH
Walter Dunn, MD, PhD
Joseph F. Goldberg, MD
Sanjay Gupta, MD
Manish Jha, MD
Sanjay J. Mathew, MD
Greg W. Mattingly, MD
Roger McIntyre, MD, FRCPC
Thomas L. Schwartz, MD
Manpreet K. Singh, MD, MS

Clinical Thought

Although depressive episodes occur in both bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder, the cardinal feature of bipolar disorder is a history of mania or hypomania. Depressive episodes are also most often the presenting complaint in both illnesses. Thus, the challenge is distinguishing bipolar illness from unipolar depression. Walter Dunn, MD, PhD, explores this psychiatric topic and reflects on accurately diagnosing bipolar disorder.

Walter Dunn, MD, PhD Released: August 23, 2021

Major depressive disorder presents identically to bipolar disorder in patients who are in the midst of a major depressive episode. Once a solid bipolar I or II disorder diagnosis is established, it sets the healthcare professional on course to make some pivotal treatment decisions regarding psychopharmacologic approaches. This ClinicalThought focuses on treating the predominant depressive states with which patients with bipolar disorder present.

Thomas L. Schwartz, MD Released: October 15, 2021

Significant weight gain and metabolic differences exist among FDA-approved medications for bipolar depression. Manish Jha, MD, reviews agents used in the treatment of bipolar depression.

Manish Jha, MD Released: November 15, 2021

Downloadable Slidesets

Formulate an approach to diagnose patients with bipolar disorder.

Manpreet K. Singh, MD, MS Released: July 22, 2021

Formulate an approach to treat patients with bipolar disorder.

Thomas L. Schwartz, MD Released: July 23, 2021

Interactive Case Challenge

This eCase explores diagnostic considerations for self-reported attention deficits in a patient with bipolar disorder and a history of cannabis use.

Joseph F. Goldberg, MD Physicians: maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit Registered Nurses: 1.0 Nursing contact hour Pharmacists: 1.0 contact hour (0.1 CEUs) Physician Assistants: maximum of 1.0 hour of AAPA Category I (Preapproved) credit Released: October 7, 2021 Expired: No longer available for credit

Neuroscience Research Review

Two faculty experts discuss advances in research for bipolar depression and discuss the clinical implications, strengths, limitations, and salient conclusions of the studies.

Sanjay Gupta, MD Roger McIntyre, MD, FRCPC Physicians: maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit Registered Nurses: 1.0 Nursing contact hour Pharmacists: 1.0 contact hour (0.1 CEUs) Physician Assistants: maximum of 1.0 hour of AAPA Category I CME credit Released: October 28, 2021 Expired: No longer available for credit

On Demand Webcast

In this interactive recording of a live CCO webinar, Thomas L. Schwartz, MD, and Manpreet K. Singh, MD, MS, discuss diagnostic dilemmas in bipolar disorder across the lifespan, as well as personalizing the treatment of bipolar depression.

Thomas L. Schwartz, MD Manpreet K. Singh, MD, MS Physicians: maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits Registered Nurses: 1.5 Nursing contact hours Pharmacists: 1.5 contact hours (0.15 CEUs) Psychologists: 1.5 APA CE Credits Physician Assistants: maximum of 1.5 hours of AAPA Category I CME credits Social Workers: 1.5 ACE CE Credits Released: October 25, 2021 Expired: No longer available for credit

Podcasts

In this episode, Leslie Citrome, MD, MPH, and Manpreet K. Singh, MD, MS, discuss diagnosing unipolar vs bipolar depression. They review why it can be difficult to differentiate between unipolar and bipolar depression; which screening tools they employ, including the rapid mood screener (RMS); how to reduce chances of missing mania; and special tips for differentiating between major depressive disorder (MDD) and bipolar depression in children.

Leslie Citrome, MD, MPH Manpreet K. Singh, MD, MS Released: August 20, 2021

Joseph Goldberg, MD, and Greg Mattingly, MD, discuss the role of antidepressants in bipolar disorder.

Joseph F. Goldberg, MD Greg W. Mattingly, MD Released: October 5, 2021

Roger McIntyre, MD, FRCPC, and Sanjay J. Mathew, MD, discuss evidence-based approaches to choosing the right treatment for bipolar depression.

Sanjay J. Mathew, MD Roger McIntyre, MD, FRCPC Released: November 30, 2021

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