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Management of Bipolar Disorder (BD) in Adults (2010)

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Cover page of the guideline document.The guideline describes the critical decision points in the management of bipolar disorder in adults and provides clear and comprehensive evidence based recommendations incorporating current information and practices for practitioners throughout the DoD and VA Health Care systems. The guideline is intended to improve patient outcomes and local management of adult patients with bipolar disorder.

Disclaimer: This Clinical Practice Guideline is intended for use only as a tool to assist a clinician/healthcare professional and should not be used to replace clinical judgment.

About the CPG Guideline Links Related Guidelines
The guideline is formatted as six algorithms, with annotations:
  • Module A
    - Acute Manic or Hypomanic Epidode
  • Module B
    - Acute Depressive Episode
  • Module C
    - Maintenance Phase
  • Module D
    - Pharmacotherapy Interventions
  • Module E
    - Psychosocial Interventions
  • Module F
    - Specific Recommendations for Management of Older Persons with Bipolar Disorder
Questions about the BD Guideline
Bipolar Disorder
- Full Guideline (2010)
Bipolar Disorder
- Guideline Summary (2010)
Substance Use Disorder (SUD)