Bipolar Disorder: Recognizing and Treating in Primary Care

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Primary care clinicians are often the first point of contact for persons with bipolar disorder. Unfortunately, delays in diagnosis are common, as many of these patients are misdiagnosed with unipolar depression on initial presentation. Since an early and accurate diagnosis may reduce the burden of bipolar disorder and improve outcomes, clinicians should be able to recognize its symptoms and initiate treatment of this deceptive disorder.



CE/CME No: CR-1702

Earn credit by reading this article and successfully completing the posttest and evaluation. Successful completion is defined as a cumulative score of at least 70% correct.

• Define bipolar disorder according to the DSM-5 criteria.
• Recognize how patients with bipolar disorder can present to their primary care provider.
• Discuss how to perform a clinical and psychiatric evaluation on patients with suspected bipolar disorder.
• Describe the therapeutic options for a patient with bipolar disease in a primary care setting.

Jean Covino is a clinical professor at Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, and she practices at the Medemerge Family Practice Center in Green Brook, New Jersey. Jennifer Hofmann is an Associate Clinical Professor at Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

The authors have no financial relationships to disclose.


This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 1.0 hour of American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Category 1 CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. [NPs: Both ANCC and the AANP Certification Program recognize AAPA as an approved provider of Category 1 credit.] Approval is valid for one year from the issue date of February 2017.

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