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This learning activity consists of six 1-hour online learning activities about bipolar mood disorder and covering topics such as: Bipolar I - the first presentation; Delayed diagnosis of Bipolar II; Co-morbidity in bipolar disorder - refining the diagnosis; Personality and bipolar disorder; Bipolar disorder and pregnancy and Behavioural and mood changes in the elderly and how all these conditions can be managed in a general practice.

Each activity utilises a case study approach to highlight particular aspects of managing patients presenting with this mental health disorder and related conditions. Each learning activity is supported by Psychiatrist and GP videos covering key aspects of patient management and carer aspects in general practice and shared care arrangements.

Learning strategies include content screens with voiceover narration, some with referral to additional screens containing critical points, graphics, readings, and websites (25 mins); video case-related role-plays (up to 5 mins each are interspersed throughout each activity); view specialist videos on treatment and commentary on the respective case (3 mins each), non-assessable reflective questions/answers & statements situated at various points throughout the learning activities which focus on content delivered thus far and on how the learning can be applied in individual practice-settings (5 mins each).

Learning objectives for this program:

At the conclusion of this program the GP will be able to:

Describe the signs and symptoms of mania, bipolar II disorder and list some of the differential diagnoses.

Describe some of the common comorbidities and principles of treating bipolar disorder.

Differentiate between the concept of ‘personality’ and ‘personality disorder’; describe the principles of treating comorbid personality disorder and bipolar disorder.

Explain the balance between the risks and benefits of medication for bipolar disorder during pregnancy and outline the principles of postnatal care in a woman with bipolar disorder.

Describe the presentation of bipolar disorder in older age, together with the principles of treating delirium, dementia and mania and be able to effectively communicate these to patients and their carers.

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