Bipolar Affective Disorder


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Expiration Date

31 Dec 2025

Last Reviewed

1 Jan 2023

Estimated Time To Finish

90 Minutes

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Activity Description

Bipolar affective disorder is a chronic and complex disorder of mood that is characterized by a combination of manic (bipolar mania), hypomanic and depressive (bipolar depression) episodes, with substantial subsyndromal symptoms that commonly present between major mood episodes. It is one of the top causes of worldwide disability. Bipolar 1 disorder has been frequently associated with serious medical and psychiatric comorbidity, early mortality, high levels of functional disability, and compromised quality of life. The necessary feature of bipolar 1 disorder involves the occurrence of at least one lifetime manic episode, although depressive episodes are common. Bipolar 2 disorder needs the occurrence of at least one hypomanic episode and one major depressive episode. This activity reviews the etiology, pathophysiology, evaluation, and management of bipolar affective disorder and highlights the role of the interprofessional team in managing and improving care for patients with this condition. This activity also addresses the prognosis of bipolar affective disorder.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of social workers.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Describe the etiology of bipolar affective disorder.
  • Review screening and mental status exam findings associated with all subtypes of bipolar affective disorder.
  • Outline the management options available for bipolar affective disorder with the most recent evidence-based data.
  • Discuss interprofessional team strategies for improving care coordination and communication to advance the treatment of bipolar affective disorder and improve outcomes.


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