Course Summary

Practice Level: Intermediate

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
  5. Summary


Jassin M. Jouria, MD

Jassin M. Jouria is a medical doctor, professor of academic medicine, and medical author. He graduated from Ross University School of Medicine and has completed his clinical clerkship training in various teaching hospitals throughout New York, including King’s County Hospital Center and Brookdale Medical Center, among others. Dr. Jouria  has served as a test prep tutor and instructor for Kaplan. He has developed several medical courses and curricula for a variety of educational institutions. Dr. Jouria has also served on multiple levels in the academic field including faculty member and Department Chair. Dr. Jouria continues to serves as a Subject Matter Expert for several continuing education organizations covering multiple basic medical sciences.

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