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Each month, the PsychU Spotlight highlights the most important topics and most recent innovations in mental health. The collection includes carefully curated resources to keep our members up-to-date on the latest in mental health care.

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The Management & Treatment Of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a complex and multi-faceted condition that requires careful diagnosis and treatment. It is a life-long illness that affects 45 million people world-wide and 2.8% of the U.S. population, with similar prevalence for men and women.1,2 Lifelong treatment through therapy and careful, monitored medication can help patients’ symptoms and quality of life.3 Providers play a key role in ensuring a correct diagnosis and helping patients understand the medical and therapeutic changes that can assist them in living well. For more resources on the management and treatment of Bipolar Disorder, view the PsychU Spotlight resources listed below.

1Bipolar Disorder. (2017, November). National Institute of Mental Health. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/bipolar-disorder.shtml 2Mental disorders. (2019, November 28). World Health Organization. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/mental-disorders 3Bipolar Disorder Statistics. (2021, January 19). The Recovery Village Drug and Alcohol Rehab. https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/mental-health/bipolar-disorder/related/bipolar-statistics/

Did You Know?

Of those living with bipolar, an estimated 17% had moderate impairment while 83% had a serious impairment. That is the highest percent of serious impairment among mood disorders.


Bipolar Disorder. (2017, November). National Institute of Mental Health. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/bipolar-disorder.shtml

A similar amount of males and female adults experienced bipolar prevalence with the largest percentage of those in the 18-29 age range.


Harvard Medical School, 2007. National Comorbidity Survey (NSC). (2017, August 21). Retrieved from https://www.hcp.med.harvard.edu/ncs/index.php. Data Table 2: 12-month prevalence DSM-IV/WMH-CIDI disorders by sex and cohort.

At least two-thirds of people with bipolar disorder have one or more close relatives that are bipolar or with unipolar major depression.


Bipolar Disorder Statistics. (2019, July 12). Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. https://www.dbsalliance.org/education/bipolar-disorder/bipolar-disorder-statistics/

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New Models of Delivering Mental Health Care – Post-Pandemic Care  – Innovations in Care Delivery – Integrated Care Delivery – Consumer Empowerment – Innovation – Technology – Mental Health Science – Quality of Care – & More… Transforming care delivery is about building new models of integrated care for improved and accessible treatments in person-centered health and outcomes. Join in the dialogue as the industry continues the transformation of care delivery.

Upcoming Spotlight Themes

  • May 2021 – Mental Wellness Across The Lifespan
  • June 2021 – Trauma-Informed Care
  • July 2021 – Workplace Mental Health
  • August 2021 – Metrics & Improvements In Quality Outcomes
  • September 2021 – Preventing Suicide
  • October 2021 – The Next Crisis: Major Depressive Disorder
  • November 2021 – E-Health & Technology Related To Trauma
  • December 2021 – New Innovations In The Treatment Of Schizophrenia