n African Journal of Psychiatry - Use of guidelines in acute mania : product news

Volume 14, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1994-8220



Bipolar disorder can be misdiagnosed or underdiagnosed as both manic and depressive symptoms frequently occur in other psychiatric conditions. Over the past few years, the range of treatment options available for use in bipolar mania has broadened. Atypical antipsychotics are now among the agents which have an established place in the management of acute mania. But are treatment decisions based on evidence or on traditions? In a survey done in 2007 by Perlis et al., 33% of clinicians reported that they routinely referred to all published guidelines when making decisions on treatment choice for bipolar mania.

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