Diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder in the primary care setting: A concise review

Donald M Hilty, Martin H. Leamon, Russell F. Lim, Rosemary H. Kelly, Robert E. Hales

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Bipolar disorder is a less common biologic disorder in primary care than are depressive and anxiety disorders, but there is a high risk for poor outcomes for patients. Primary care physicians (PCPs) are assuming-increasing responsibility for the care of these patients in today's managed care environment, working independently or in collaboration with a psychiatrist. The PCP needs to carefully assess patients presenting with depression, since many are bipolar. The PCP must then skillfully manage these patients because of the significant morbidity and mortality associated with the disorder. This article outlines a diagnostic approach for patients in primary care practice who present with mood symptoms. The article also presents a management strategy for those who are diagnosed with bipolar disorder, including patients who are considering pregnancy or who are pregnant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-85
Number of pages9
JournalPrimary Psychiatry
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Genetics


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