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Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2002 Sep;17(9):865-73.

Treatment of bipolar disorder in older adults.

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Department of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Ohio 44106-5000, USA. martha.sajatovic@uhhs.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

It has been reported that 10% of all patients with bipolar disorder develop their illness after the age of 50, with bipolar disorder accounting for 5-19% of mood disorder presentations in the elderly. There has been a growing awareness regarding the manifestation of bipolar disorder among older adults due to both changes in national demographics, and developing sophistication in the treatment of bipolar illness. A persistent problem in our understanding of management of late life bipolar disorder is the paucity of research and rigorous published studies on the psychopharmacology of this condition.

OBJECTIVE:

This paper reviews medication treatments, non-medication biological therapies, and psychosocial interventions for bipolar disorder in late life with a particular emphasis on age related modifiers of treatment.

METHODS:

Findings are based upon review of the current literature.

RESULTS:

There are multiple, significant gaps in our knowledge of bipolar disorder in late life which have important implications in the optimum treatment of elderly individuals with bipolar illness.

CONCLUSION:

There are a number of areas of needed future research in late life bipolar disorder.

PMID:
12221662
DOI:
10.1002/gps.719
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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