June 20, 2005

Educating Primary Care Physicians

Many people with bipolar disorder and other mental disorders do not go straight to a psychologist or psychiatrist when they are suffering from their symptoms. Many of them go to their primary care physicians who only have a basic knowledge of abnormal psychology, some less than others. But this is where people can often be misdiagnosed and then prescribed the wrong medication for their mental illness. Educating primary care physicians on bipolar disorder is an excellent way to make sure that everyone gets the help they need.

Luckily, many primary care physicians are starting to get the knowledge they need to help those with bipolar disorder. "The Lifelong Learning Initiative is geared toward primary care physicians and addresses the importance of a collaborative approach to the diagnosis and management of bipolar disorder along with the latest findings in screening and best practices regarding treatment.

Each educational activity highlights a particular aspect of bipolar disorder and provides clinicians with a complete overview of this pervasive, highly misdiagnosed illness. The need for such education is evident by the fact that 69% of bipolar patients are misdiagnosed-usually with major depression-which can have life altering consequences" (Managed Care Business Week, 2005).

This educational program will hopefully lower the amounts of people that are misdiagnosed when they have bipolar disorder. Since around 5% of the US population has some form of bipolar disorder this program will help countless Americans.

For more information on Bipolar disorder events and conferences go to: http://www.moodswing.org/links.html

The source of this article was the Managed Care Business Week via IncRx.com via NewsRx.com and NewsRx.net

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