A spectrum approach to diagnosis.
Bipolar II Disorder
Ranked by the World Health Organization among the top 10 most disabling disorders in the world, bipolar disorder was the subject of review in a recent study. Here, a video summary by the lead author of a study on bipolar disorder and aggression.
Helping to shed light on the often misunderstood topic of aggression and how it may or may not manifest in adults with bipolar disorder, Dr Javier Ballester summarizes the most important findings, based on his research.
After thorough examination and history-taking, bipolar II disorder was suspected in a 19-year-old college student. What psychiatric screening tools might be used to further confirm the diagnosis for this patient?
With DSM-5, one more examination of bipolar diagnosis is warranted. After all, if a diagnosis is inaccurate, treatment efforts, however well-intentioned, may misfire.
Preliminary evidence shows that dialectical behavior therapy may be beneficial in treating patients with bipolar disorder.
The evolution of deep brain stimulation for various neuropsychiatric disorders results from advances in structural and functional brain imaging, increased understanding of neurocircuitry of the brain, and improvements in neurosurgical techniques and equipment.
This essay begins an ongoing series on bipolar disorder focused on clinical utility.
Effective personalized treatment recognizes bipolar disorder as a biopsychosocial disorder, but mood-stabilizing medications are the backbone of treatment. These medications fall into 3 categories: lithium, antikindling/antiepileptic agents, and second-generation antipsychotics.
The current system of payment for mental health care in the US can lead, or even incentivize, clinicians to focus on and code for Axis I disorders and their more readily reimbursed psychopharmacological treatment approaches.