Treatment strategies for bipolar disorder


  • Welcome to this CPD module
  • Pre-test
  • Introduction & module overview
  • Therapeutics & symptom management
  • Discontinuation of treatment
  • Learning scenarios
  • Post-test
  • Action & Evaluation

Welcome to this CPD module

This CPD module, which also appears in the May 2017 print edition of Pharmacy Magazine, looks at treatment strategies for bipolar disorder.

Goal & learning objectives:

This module explains the treatment strategies for acute mania, acute bipolar depression and longer term treatment. It lists the key symptoms of bipolar disorder and describes how the condition is monitored, possible interactions, and when and how medication should be discontinued, as the risk of relapse remains high even after many years of sustained remission. It will help pharmacy teams support patients with bipolar disorder by explaining the various challenges this group of patients face.

Contributing author:

Julie Haste, lead mental health pharmacist, Brighton and Hove, at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust.


How to use this module

You can test your existing understanding of this topic by completing the initial pre-test. Then work through the module before taking the post-test to see if your knowledge has improved.

Record your learning and how you applied it in practice using the action and evaluation record at the end of this module, which will then be stored in your personal learning log. You must be registered on the website to do this.

Continuing professional development (CPD) is a statutory requirement for pharmacists. Completion of this module will contribute to the nine pieces of CPD that must be recorded a year, as stipulated by the GPhC.


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Click here to download a PDF of the module as it appeared in print. You can still use your online learning log to record your learning outcomes and impact on your practice.


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