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Women And Bipolar Spectrum Disorders

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

Practice Level: Intermediate

No book to buy Duration: 4 hours
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Course Summary

Bipolar disorder spectrum in women poses significant challenges for clinicians evaluating primary psychiatric symptoms, symptom overlap and comorbid conditions that can complicate diagnosis. This course examines the viewpoint that a bipolar diagnosis lands somewhere on a spectrum of the disorder, rather than adhering to a specific set of symptoms. Women who have been diagnosed as being on the spectrum have a unique set of gender-specific concerns that need to be addressed by mental health professionals.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF) 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

  • Describe the five categories of the bipolar disorder spectrum.
  • Identify common bipolar spectrum conditions in women.
  • Explain gender differences in the frequency of manic phases in bipolar patients.
  • Describe the effects of hormones on bipolar symptoms.
  • Discuss the impact of bipolar disorder on postpartum patients.

Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  2. The Bipolar Spectrum
    1. Category I
    2. Category II
    3. Category III
    4. Category IV
    5. Category V
  3. Bipolar Spectrum Conditions
    1. Depression
    2. Impulse Control Disorders
    3. Substance Use Disorders
    4. Eating Disorders
    5. Personality Disorders
    6. Childhood Behavioral Disorders
    7. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    8. Conduct Disorder
  4. Gender-Specific Concerns In The Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder
    1. Depression versus Mania
    2. Role of Hormones
    3. Pregnancy
    4. Misdiagnosis
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