Evaluating Bipolar Disorder
Treatment of people with bipolar disorder is complex and multi-layered. State-of-the-art psychopharmacological intervention is key in helping patients with significant mood disturbance. However, it is well established that most people with bipolar disorder need more than medications alone. When a person feels emotionally unstable, has significant interpersonal difficulties and has been unable to function adaptively, it can be challenging to find treatment that is comprehensive, integrated and multi-faceted—with both medication and psychosocial components. Patients with bipolar disorder who have not been helped sufficiently in other settings often benefit from the integrated, comprehensive, psychodynamically focused psychosocial treatment and evaluation program that the Austen Riggs Center provides.
David, Mintz, MD, team leader and staff psychiatrist at Riggs discusses the value of a thorough diagnostic evaluation. (Part 2 of a three part series.)