Dealing with bipolar disorder in general practice
Bipolar disorder is a complex mood disorder, both in terms of the diagnosis and management. It can have devastating consequences if inappropriately managed, but good management can allow sufferers to lead normal lives. While it is in the general realm of specialist diagnosis and care, general practitioners can play an important role in early identification of the disorder and long-term management, in shared care with the psychiatrist.
Keywords: bipolar disorder, mania, hypomania, depression, DSM-IV criteria, bipolar I disorder, bipolar II disorder