oa South African Family Practice - Dealing with bipolar disorder in general practice : review article
|Article Title||Dealing with bipolar disorder in general practice : review article|
|© Publisher:||Medpharm Publications|
|Journal||South African Family Practice|
|Affiliations||1 Donald Gordon Medical Centre and 2 University of the Witwatersrand|
|Publication Date||Nov 2011|
|Pages||549 - 553|
|Keyword(s)||Bipolar disorder, Bipolar I disorder, Bipolar II disorder, Depression, DSM-IV criteria, Hypomania and Mania|
Bipolar disorder is a complex mood disorder, both in terms of the diagnosis and management. It can have devastating consequences if inappropriately managed, but good management can allow sufferers to lead normal lives. While it is in the general realm of specialist diagnosis and care, general practitioners can play an important role in early identification of the disorder and long-term management, in shared care with the psychiatrist.
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