The management of bipolar disorder in primary care : a review of existing and emerging therapies

Berk, Michael, Dodd, Seetal and Berk, Lesley 2005, The management of bipolar disorder in primary care : a review of existing and emerging therapies, Psychiatry and clinical neurosciences, vol. 59, no. 3, pp. 229-239.

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Title The management of bipolar disorder in primary care : a review of existing and emerging therapies
Alternative title Review : The management of bipolar disorder in primary care : a review of existing and emerging therapies
Author(s) Berk, Michael
Dodd, Seetal
Berk, Lesley
Journal name Psychiatry and clinical neurosciences
Volume number 59
Issue number 3
Start page 229
End page 239
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Richmond, Vic.
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1323-1316
1440-1819
Keyword(s) adverse effects
atypical antipsychotics
anticonvulsants
bipolar disorder
drug interactions
lithium
mood stabilizers
Summary Recent evidence suggests that the prevalence of bipolar disorder is as much as fivefold higher than previously believed, and may amount to nearly 5% of the population, making it almost as common as unipolar major depression. It is, therefore, not unrealistic to assume that primary care or family physicians will frequently encounter bipolar patients in their practice. Such patients may present with a depressive episode, for a variety of medical reasons, for longer-term maintenance after stabilization, and even with an acute manic episode. Whatever the reason, a working knowledge of current trends in the acute and longer-term management of bipolar disorder would be helpful to the primary care physician. In addition, an understanding of important side-effects and drug interactions that occur with drugs used to treat bipolar disorder, which may be encountered in the medical setting, are paramount. This paper will attempt to review existing and emerging therapies in bipolar disorder, as well as their common drug interactions and side-effects.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30035531

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Medicine
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