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.
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.
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.
Formulate an approach to diagnose patients with bipolar disorder.
Formulate an approach to treat patients with bipolar disorder.
This eCase explores diagnostic considerations for self-reported attention deficits in a patient with bipolar disorder and a history of cannabis use.
Two faculty experts discuss advances in research for bipolar depression and discuss the clinical implications, strengths, limitations, and salient conclusions of the studies.
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.
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.
Joseph Goldberg, MD, and Greg Mattingly, MD, discuss the role of antidepressants in bipolar disorder.
Roger McIntyre, MD, FRCPC, and Sanjay J. Mathew, MD, discuss evidence-based approaches to choosing the right treatment for bipolar depression.