Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness that affects millions of Americans. Clinicians are very likely to encounter individuals with a bipolar diagnosis in their careers - and are also likely to encounter individuals with symptoms of bipolar disorder without a formal diagnosis. Given the substantial risks associated with bipolar disorder (such as elevated rates of suicide and substance use disorders), it is essential that clinicians are able to recognize, diagnose, and provide evidence-based psychosocial interventions for bipolar disorder.
This presentation is designed to assist clinicians by --
- Describing core symptoms of bipolar disorder
- Understanding how to make a differential diagnosis when bipolar disorder is possible
- Teach mood-monitoring skills when working with patients with bipolar disorder
Presenter: Andrew Peckham, PhD
Andrew Peckham a clinical psychologist at the VA Bedford Healthcare System, serving Veterans with serious mental illness through the VA's psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery programs. His research has focused on the relationship between cognitive functioning and emotion regulation in mental illness, particularly bipolar disorder.