Dr. Gao is Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; Clinical Director of Mood Disorders Program, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH.
Some of the most common challenges include the diagnosis of a mood disorder, especially a bipolar disorder, and the assessment and management of comorbidities and suicidalities in patients with a mood disorder. Here's an overview.
The comorbidity of anxiety disorders with bipolar disorder is a rule, not an exception, with a negative impact on both course and treatment outcome. So far, there are no guidelines or consensus for the treatment of this comorbidity.