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Too many patients receive incorrect treatment for bipolar disorder; prescribing seems to differ more by clinician than by patient characteristics. New treatment guidelines are available for the management of acute manic episodes and can help clinicians make treatment decisions tailored to their patients’ individual symptom clusters and illness characteristics, leading to greater chances of lasting remission. However, many clinicians lack familiarity with these symptom targeting best practices. Therefore, clinicians need education on how to manage bipolar I disorder symptoms with evidence-based treatment options. In addition, as new treatment targets are identified, clinicians need education on psychopharmacologic and pharmacokinetic advances.
From the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, and the US Department of Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, California.
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