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Review the main diagnoses in the chapter "Bipolar and Related Disorders" from Section II of the DSM-5.
What contextual/systemic factors need to be considered when diagnosing individuals with symptoms of depression, mania, hypomania, and bipolar disorders?
Review the material about the treatment of bipolar disorders in the Abnormal Psychology text.
What are two treatment approaches you would consider using with a client diagnosed with a bipolar disorder?
What are some advantages and limitations of these approaches?
Consider the broader contexts and systems in which a person with bipolar symptoms is embedded.
Who else might the therapist consider including in the treatment of a client diagnosed with a bipolar disorder to aid in the client's support and recovery?

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Hi, and thanks for choosing Brain Mass and me as your Expert. First, and foremost is does patient have active suicidal ideation with a plan and intent to harm self, others? This is your safety risk assessment and how you will further assess symptoms of any affective disorders, which Bipolar Dsiorder I, II, Major Depression, Cyclothymia, all fall under the umbrella. Also, this will guide how you develop your treatment plan and what interventions you apply with the patient in developing that treatment plan. A treatment plan for a patient with a diagnosis of Bipolar I or II, or depression will often include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychotherapy, and Medication Management by a psychiatrist.
This is what is critical to ask:
Does or has the patient has a past manic episode? How long did it last? Has it happened or occurred before? Was there a previous diagnosis?

Does the patient have a history of suicidal ideation and acute admissions for psychiatric reasons?

Does patient have intact or absent/insufficient support systems in place?

Has patient recently discontinued psychiatric medications? Or, is the member ...

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This solution discusses diagnoses with the DSM-5.