Bipolar disorder: assessment and management (CG185)

 In Clinical Guidelines, NICE guidelines

This NICE guideline was updated in February 2016 to link it to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency’s (MHRA) valproate toolkit to ensure female patients are better informed about the risks of taking valproate during pregnancy. Healthcare professionals are advised to use this guideline in conjunction with the latest MHRA advice and resources.

The recommendations included in this guideline are:

  • Care for patients across all phases of bipolar disorder
  • Recognising and managing bipolar disorder in adults in primary care
  • Assessing and managing suspected bipolar disorder in adults in secondary care
  • Managing crisis, risk and behaviour
  • Managing mania or hypomania in adults in secondary care
  • Managing bipolar in adults in the longer term in secondary care
  • Monitoring physical health in secondary care
  • Promoting recovery and return to primary care
  • How to use medication
  • Recognising, diagnosing and managing bipolar young people

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