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Welch K. GPs have a pivotal role in bipolar disorder. Practitioner May 2020;264(1837):11-15

GPs have a pivotal role in bipolar disorder

25 May 2020Registered users

Bipolar disorder is a complex, recurrent, severe and potentially lifelong mental illness. The peak age of onset is 15-19 years, with most cases developing before the age of 30. It is crucial to distinguish bipolar from unipolar depression not only as an essential starting point for appropriate treatment and risk management, but also to avoid antidepressant monotherapy which can exacerbate the frequency and severity of mood symptoms and cause resistance to appropriate medications.

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