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Clinical Case Challenges: Evidence-Based Strategies in the Diagnosis and Management of Bipolar Depression

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Overview / Abstract:

Primary care is frequently the first point of contact for individuals with bipolar depression. Although bipolar depression is often diagnosed and managed by psychiatrists, access to psychiatrists can be a limiting factor to care delivery. In one study, fewer than half of patients referred from primary care scheduled an appointment with a psychiatrist, and fewer than half of scheduled visits were attended.

Many patients with bipolar depression are successfully managed in the primary care setting; however, challenges remain. These challenges include recognizing bipolar depression, making a differential diagnosis, and employing evidence-based pharmacologic management. The goal of this monograph is to help you overcome these challenges with your patients and to optimize care. In this monograph, we use current literature as a knowledge base from which to translate clinical data through a question-and-answer format.


Dec 01, 2021


Nurse Practitioner , Nursing CNE, Physician CME, Physician Assistant CME


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Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Larry Culpepper, MD, MPH
Mauricio Tohen, MD, DrPH, MBA

Activity Specialities / Related Topics

Primary Care, Pediatrics, Geriatrics / LTC, Family Medicine, Depression / Bipolar

Sponsors / Supporters / Grant Providers

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Keywords / Search Terms

CMEology, bipolar disorder, bipolar mixed features, bipolar depression, bipolar comorbidities, physician, physician assistant, CME, Free CE Free CE CME, primary care, family medicine

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