Treating bipolar: the evidence

THE ongoing management of bipolar disorder in primary care is now recognised as an essential part of treatment for this significant mental disorder that has a lifetime prevalence of 1.2% and is linked to around 12% of all Australian suicides.1

The latest Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists clinical guidelines include the option for using atypical antipsychotics for maintenance therapy in bipolar disorder.2

Several antipsychotics are indicated for maintenance treatment in