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Bipolar Disorder and Substance Use Disorder

Author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
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Course Created: 2015

Practice Level: Intermediate

No book to buy Duration: 3 hours
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Course Summary

Bipolar disorder involves a spectrum of psychiatric symptoms often compounded by a substance use disorder and addiction. Clinicians are often challenged to identify co-occurring symptoms and treatment goals. The purpose of this course is to provide clinicians with knowledge on co-occurring bipolar disorder and substance use disorder to plan effective treatment.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF or Word) and a practice test. When you're ready, purchase the course by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the common demographics of individuals with a combined bipolar disorder and substance use diagnosis.
  • Describe the phases of bipolar disorder.
  • Describe the role of alcohol and drugs in triggering bipolar phases.
  • Identify treatment options for individuals with dual diagnoses.

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • DSM-V Criteria To Diagnose Substance Use And Addiction
  • Bipolar Disorder Classifications
  • Causes of Bipolar Disorder And Demographics
  • Phases Of Bipolar Disorder
  • Relationship Between Bipolar Disorder And Substance Use
  • Impact Of Bipolar Disorder On Substance Use And Addiction Treatment
  • Developing A Treatment Plan
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