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Mental Health and Substance Use - Chronic Substance Use Mood Disorder and Psychosis

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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CE: 2.5 hours
Rated 4.7 out of 5.0 based on 5919 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 second in a three part series on this topic.

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Course Syllabus

I.              Introduction

II.           DSM-5 Criteria: Comorbid Bipolar and Substance Use Disorder

1.   Neurobiological Pathways

2.   Genetics

3.   Cannabis Use and Psychosis

4.   Emotions and Energy

III.         Mood Disorder and Self-Medicating

1.   Co-occurring Substance Use and Mood Disorder

2.   Cannabis Use and Bipolar Disorder

3.   Alcohol Use and Bipolar Disorder

4.   Stimulant Use and Bipolar Disorder

5.   Self-medicating to “Help Treatment Along”

IV.          Substance Use as a Mood Trigger

1.   Medication-induced Mania

2.   Cannabis and Mania

3.   Alcohol and Other Substance-induced Mania

V.            Identification of a Drug-induced Mood Disorder

VI.          Case Study: Cannabis-induced Bipolar Disorder Episode

VII.       Summary


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