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   Understanding Bipolar Disorder and Strategies for Treatment

Course Director: Glenn Treisman, MD

This is a three part program.

The Complexities of Bipolar Disorder and its Impact on Managed Care
July 20, 2004 - July 30, 2005

This activity will discuss the current indications of bipolar disorder, the available therapies for the treatment of this disorder, as well as emerging data on new treatments for this disorder. Finally the goals for treatment will be reviewed, with a discussion of how managed care medical directors and pharmacists may raise the bar from just symptom response and remission to striving for restored function.

Bipolar Treatments Beyond Traditional Mood Stabilizers
October 30, 2004 - October 30, 2005

This presentation focuses on the epidemiology and presentation of bipolar depression as well as a review of the data on the efficacy of atypical antipsychotics and newer anticonvulsants in treating bipolar depression. Side effect profiles of the different atypical agents will also be reviewed in consideration of the whole treatment plan, where maintenance of the illness is key.

Acute and Long-Term Treatment, Maintenance and Monotherapy of Bipolar Mania in the Managed Care Environment
January 24, 2005 - January 24, 2006

Recent evidence suggests that for patients with bipolar disorder who do not respond to or cannot tolerate conventional lithium therapy, there are now many alternatives for long-term treatment and medication combinations. It is important to explore the roles of monotherapy and drug combinations in finding effective long-term treatment for individual patients with bipolar disorder. This education program will focus on long-term treatment, maintenance and monotherapy of bipolar mania in managed care environments.

Accreditation Statement
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 category 1 credits toward the AMA Physicians' Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the activity.

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