FP Essentials™

Psychotic and Bipolar Disorders

Edition #455 | April 2017

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  • Assess patients who present with an apparent first psychotic episode by seeking etiologies of symptoms and address any significant comorbid medical illnesses.
  • In collaboration with a mental health subspecialist, coordinate care for patients with schizophrenia, including management of comorbid conditions and risk factors.
  • Prescribe evidence-based treatments for patients with dementia, with the goal of reducing targeted behaviors.
  • Review the evidence for not prescribing sedative and hypnotic drugs for elderly patients with a history of dementia who present with neuropsychiatric symptoms of psychosis.
  • Coordinate ongoing care for patients taking antipsychotic drugs and monitor for potential adverse effects.
  • Identify potential drug interactions when prescribing drugs for patients taking antipsychotic drugs.
  • Describe screening for bipolar disorder when patients present with depression.
  • Describe prevention and management of comorbidities in patients with bipolar disorder, including substance use, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease.
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