National Prescribing Curriculum

Acute mania in bipolar disorder

Provide care for Claire, a patient brought to the emergency department (ED) by her husband because she has become increasingly irritable and irrational and has stopped eating and drinking.

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Acute mania in bipolar disorder
 

About

The National Prescribing Curriculum (NPC) is a series of interactive case-based modules that encourage confident and rational prescribing. The modules follow a stepwise approach as outlined in the WHO Guide to Good Prescribing.

In this module you will provide care for Claire, a patient brought to the emergency department (ED) by her husband because she has become increasingly irritable and irrational and has stopped eating and drinking.

 

Learning objectives

On completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • recommend non-pharmacological management strategies for mania
  • identify evidenced-based pharmacological treatment options for acute mania in bipolar I disorder
  • recognise the importance of compliance to pharmacological therapy in successfully preventing relapse
  • identify information important to communicate with patients and the healthcare team
  • select appropriate parameters to monitor treatment response during both acute and maintenance phases of bipolar I disorder.
 

Resources

Prescribing Competencies Framework
The Prescribing Competencies Framework describes the competencies that health professionals require to prescribe medicines judiciously, appropriately, safely and effectively in the Australian healthcare system