CANMAT and ISBD Bipolar Disorder Management Recommendations

The Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments and the International Society for Bipolar Disorders collaborated to give updated guidelines for bipolar disorder as new research on diagnosis, management, and pharmacologic and psychological treatments became available. Since the guidelines were last updated in 2005, there are new additions including ranked first- and second-line recommended therapies for acute mania, acute depression, and maintenance therapy of bipolar I disorder. This is to help clinicians in making evidence-based decisions regarding treatment for their patients. The guidelines also note the influence of certain psychiatric and medical comorbidities including substance use, anxiety, and metabolic disorders, as well as highlight issues in connection to safety and monitoring. The goal of these guidelines is to provide a useful tool for practitioners globally.

Reference:

Yatham LN, Kennedy SH, Parikh SV, et al. Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CANMAT) and International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) 2018 guidelines for the management of patients with bipolar disorder. Bipolar Disord. 2018;20(2):97-170. doi:10.1111/bdi.12609

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