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
Thomas L. Schwartz, MD
Manpreet K. Singh, MD, MS

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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

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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


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
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