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CPD module: bipolar disorder

We provide a better understanding of bipolar disorder and its management.

After completing this module, you should be more aware of:

  • the prevalence of bipolar disorder in the UK population
  • the nature of symptoms and their impact on daily life
  • types of bipolar disorder and how depression, mania and hypomania episodes can occur
  • diagnosis and differential diagnoses, and the need for referral to secondary care for confirmation
  • the approach to managing an acute episode and how this can then be managed into long-term care
  • recommended psychological therapies and drug treatments
  • antipsychotics, antidepressants and mood stabilisers recommended in NICE guidance
  • safety considerations around using lithium and valproate
  • practical advice for people living with bipolar disorder and their carers.
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