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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

The psychiatrist’s role is to act as a consultant to maximize the likelihood of a successful taper and discontinuation and to minimize collateral morbidities or withdrawal complications. This slideshow features common scenarios in which a planned discontinuation of psychotropic medications occurs.

Common medical conditions frequently complicate bipolar disorder. The purely physical problems often receive more attention and care than the mood disorder.

There is increasing evidence that diabetes or prediabetes may contribute to the risk for bipolar, as well as interfering with treatment effectiveness.

Recovery-focused cognitive behavior therapy is showing promise in reducing recent-onset bipolar disorder.

An interesting pharmacological approach in terms of anti-suicidal strategies is the use of lithium for treatment of patients with affective disorders. Details here.

What is the association between bipolar disorder, trauma, and violence? Here: a guide to assessing violence potential in bipolar patients.

New research is clarifying the link between brain glutamate levels and risk for psychosis in bipolar, as well as genes associated with the glutamate pathway that are overexpressed in bipolar.

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