Bipolar and mood disorder: Therapeutic updates and best practices

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In this online CME self-learning activity: Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder characterized by episodes of mania, hypomania, and depression. It affects 3-4% of the U.S. population, represents a substantial societal and economic burden in the United States, is also found to be strongly associated with other major public health concerns like diabetes and cardiovascular disease as well as suicide.

The literature demonstrates that medication nonadherence is a major issue among patients with bipolar disorder. Nonadherence affects approximately 60% of patients and can result in hospitalization, poor effectiveness, increased relapses, and increased risk of morbidity. Other factors, such as patient perceptions, illness severity, and the relationship between the physician and patient, come into play and should be taken into account to optimize adherence.

Target Audience: Healthcare professionals specializing in: family medicine, internal medicine, mental health, neurology and psychiatry, or those who otherwise commonly care for patients with bipolar or related psychiatric diseases.

By the end of the session the participant will be able to:

  • Identify current and emerging treatment modalities for the management of bipolar disorder and apply them to patient cases using evidence-based medicine.
  • Evaluate a specific patient during the maintenance phase of therapy and suggest modifications for improvement, taking into account: Efficacy; changes in symptoms; adverse effects of therapy; and impact on quality of life.
  • Describe the challenges associated with treating patients with bipolar disorder, including medication adherence and adverse effects, such as weight gain.
  • Recall the pathophysiology of bipolar disorder as it relates to the mechanisms of action of available and emerging pharmacotherapies.

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