1. Introduction and historical context ; 2. Recognizing bipolar disorder: clinical features and diagnoses ; 3. Epidemiology ; 4. The causes of bipolar disorder ; 5. Pharmacotherapy for bipolar disorder ; 6. Psychological treatments ; 7. Treatment guidelines for management of bipolar disorder ; 8. Special populations ; 9. Patient resources
Lakshmi N. Yatham, is Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Head of Research and International Affairs in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. His major areas of research interest include neurobiology and treatment of bipolar disorder and major depression. He leads a Canadian consortium on bipolar disorder, which is currently pursuing testing of new treatments for bipolar disorder using pragmatic and controlled trials with substantial funding from CIHR. Gin S.Malhi is Professor and Head of Discipline of Psychiatry at Sydney Medical School and has a longstanding interest in mood disorders in particular bipolar disorder and depression. His research team based at the CADE Clinic (Royal North Shore Hospital) makes use of clinical and neuropsychological assessments in conjunction with neurobiological probes that range from electrophysiological measures to functional neuroimaging (fMRI and Spectroscopy) to investigate the neural basis of affective disorders. He is also interested in pharmacological, psychological and alternative therapies and is currently examining the effects of meditation and CAMs.