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Diagnosis of Comorbid Bipolar Disorder and Substance Use Disorder

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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CE: 2.5 hours
Rated 4.7 out of 5.0 based on 861 reviews

Course Summary

Co-occurring bipolar disorder and substance use disorder pose a serious health risk to affected individuals. Patients with dual diagnoses may experience substantial challenges during treatment for their mental illness and recovery from substance use. Early diagnosis and intervention can significantly improve the potential outcomes for patients with a dual diagnosis. The changes made in this area within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders guide health clinicians managing bipolar disorder complicated by a substance use disorder to lower the health risks throughout the age spectrum.  This is the first in a 3 part series on this topic.

Course Format

Homestudy

Course Syllabus

I.              Introduction

II.           DSM-5 Criteria for a Substance Use Disorder

1.   Bipolar Disorder Classifications

III.         Etiology of Bipolar Disorder

1.   Age

2.   Genetics

3.   Gender

IV.          Bipolar Disorder: Mood Episodes and Symptoms

1.   Mania

2.   Hypomania

3.   Depression

4.   Mixed Mood Episodes

V.            Case Study: Comorbid Bipolar and Substance Use Disorder

1.   Discussion

VI.          Summary

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