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Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants: The Front-Line in the Diagnosis and Clinical Management of Bipolar Disorder

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Premiere Date: Friday, March 4, 2016

This activity offers CE credit for:

  1. Nurses (CNE)
  2. Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
  3. Physician Assistants (AAPA)

All other clinicians will receive a Certificate of Attendance stating this activity was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Creditâ„¢

Credit Expiration Date:
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Note: Credit Is No Longer Available


Charles B. Nemeroff, MD, PhDCharles B. Nemeroff, MD, PhD 
Professor and Chair
Department of Psychiatry
Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences
Director, Institute of Early Life Adversity Research
Dell Medical School
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Associate Professor
Pacific Lutheran University School of Nursing
Director of Psychiatric Services
Northwest Center for Integrated Health
Tacoma, WA

Statement of Need

Bipolar disorder is characterized by the cyclical occurrence of elevated (manic or hypomanic) and depressed mood states. The illness, which includes the bipolar I and bipolar II subtypes, exacts a heavy toll in terms of quality of life, functioning, morbidity, comorbidity, and mortality.1 A special challenge for diagnosis and treatment is bipolar depression.

A number of studies suggest that patients with bipolar disorder are misdiagnosed on initial presentation, and most often with major depressive disorder. Engaging the patient and family in treatment of bipolar disorder is key to improving patient outcomes. A collaborative relationship with bipolar patients can improve adherence to medications and induce an open, honest dialogue about symptoms and level of functioning.

In this neuroscienceCME On Demand discussion, leading experts will discuss diagnosis, pharmacological treatment, and management of metabolic issues and lifestyle changes for patients with bipolar disorder.
Judd LL, Akiskal HS, Schettler PJ, et al. Psychosocial disability in the course of bipolar I and II disorders: a prospective, comparative, longitudinal study. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2005;62(12):1322-1330. PMID: 16330720.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this CE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the differential diagnosis of bipolar disorder and delineate bipolar I from bipolar II disorders and unipolar from bipolar depression.
  • Engage patients with bipolar disorder in an ongoing discussion of pharmacological treatment and regularly review for efficacy and side effects.
  • Regularly assess all patients with bipolar disorder for metabolic issues related to psychiatric medications and recommend lifestyle changes to improve health.

Credit Information

AANP Credit (Nurse Practitioners):
This program is approved for 1.5 contact hour(s) of continuing education (which includes 0.75 hours of pharmacology) by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Program ID 16022078. This program was planned in accordance with AANP CE Standards and Policies.

AAPA Credit (Physician Assistants):
This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 1.50 hours of AAPA Category 1 CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. Approval is valid for one year from the issue date of 03/04/2016 . Participants may submit the post-test at any time during that period. This program was planned in accordance with AAPA's CME Standards for Enduring Material Programs and for Commercial Support of Enduring Material Programs.

CNE Credit (Nurses):
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15510, for 1.5 contact hours Note to Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists: the content of this activity pertains to pharmacology. Earn up to .75 contact hours of pharmacotherapeutic contact hours.

Disclosure Declaration

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