Advancing Care in Bipolar Depression

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Gain expert insights on the bipolar spectrum, including information on differential diagnosis, current and emerging treatment options, and long-term management. This learning module includes podcasts, text commentaries, and video activities to help enhance the care of patients with bipolar depression.
Michael Asbach, DMSc, PA-C, Psych-CAQ
Austin Campbell, PharmD, BCCP
Theresa Cerulli, MD
Joseph F. Goldberg, MD
Greg W. Mattingly, MD
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Katherine Ponte, JD, MBA, CPRP

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Many patients with bipolar depression first present in a depressive episode and may be inaccurately diagnosed with unipolar depression. How can we tease out the correct diagnosis and initiate effective treatment for these patients? Dr Greg Mattingly provides guidance on identifying and managing bipolar depression in patients who present as depressed or with mixed symptoms.

Greg W. Mattingly, MD Released: July 6, 2022

Katherine Ponte shares her experiences of being diagnosed with bipolar I—not once, but twice—and how recovery-oriented care and shared decision-making ultimately helped her regain a full, meaningful life.

person default Katherine Ponte, JD, MBA, CPRP Released: August 12, 2022

Symptoms such as inattention, impulsivity, and high energy can be indicative of many disorders—namely, ADHD and bipolar disorder. How do you determine the correct diagnosis and management strategy? Theresa Cerulli, MD, discusses the overlapping symptoms of ADHD and bipolar disorder and offers clarity on identifying an accurate diagnosis.

Theresa Cerulli, MD Released: October 10, 2022

Patients with bipolar disorder are more likely than the general population to attempt suicide. Joseph F. Goldberg, MD, reviews why this may be the case and provides accessible advice to optimize care for patients with mood disorders at high risk of suicide.

Joseph F. Goldberg, MD Released: October 26, 2022

Although a majority of symptomatic time in bipolar disorder I and II is spent in a depressive state, most medication approvals focus on manic or mixed symptoms. In this clinical commentary, Austin Campbell, PharmD, BCCP, provides valuable insight into the treatment armamentarium for depressive symptoms in bipolar disorder so that healthcare professionals are armed with information to choose the best option for their patients.

Austin Campbell, PharmD, BCCP Released: November 30, 2022

Many agents exist for treatment of unipolar depression, but they don’t always translate into effective treatments for bipolar depression. In this commentary, an expert sheds light on the unmet treatment needs in bipolar depression and some of the promising research aiming to identify more effective treatment options.

Michael Asbach, DMSc, PA-C, Psych-CAQ Released: December 23, 2022

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