Bipolar disorder in geropsychiatry
Bipolar disorders affect 2.5 million adults in the Unites States annually and approximately 6 million Americans have a bipolar spectrum disorder and 1 million are age 60 or older. Bipolar mood disorders are the sixth leading cause of disability worldwide. This chapter introduces practitioners to bipolar spectrum mood disorders, etiology, prevalence and comorbidities. In addition, it discusses the differences in bipolar 1, bipolar 2, cyclothymic disorders, and bipolar mixed episodes. The chapter presents a case study with differential diagnoses and risk factors for comorbidities. It discusses mood disorder assessment tools including evidence based treatment options. After reviewing this chapter, practitioners will be able to: identify diagnostic criterion for bipolar spectrum disorders; analyze unique differences in bipolar spectrum disorders; apply assessment tools and differential diagnosis to support bipolar diagnosis; evaluate risks and comorbidities of geropsychiatric populations with bipolar disorders; and understand treatment options for geropsychiatric populations with bipolar disorder.
Handbook of Geropsychiatry for the Advanced Practice Nurse: Mental Health Care for the Older Adult
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Vossos, H. (2020) Bipolar disorder in geropsychiatry in Handbook of Geropsychiatry for the Advanced Practice Nurse: Mental Health Care for the Older Adult, 47-62.