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Dr. Holly Swartz defines and dicusses the importance of Bipolar II Disorder.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Improve diagnostic skills for identifying bipolar II disorder so that participants will be better able to distinguish among bipolar I disorder, bipolar II disorder, and major depressive disorder
  • Identify epidemiologic and clinical characteristics of bipolar II disorder so that participants will be able to better recognize the illness in their practice
  • Improve their skills for managing individuals with bipolar II disorder

Reading Resources:

  1. Merikangas KR, Akiskal HS, Angst J, et al. Lifetime and 12-month prevalence of bipolar spectrum disorder in the National Comorbidity Survey replication. Archives of General Psychiatry 2007;64(5):543-552.
  2. Swartz HA, Thase ME. Pharmacotherapy for the treatment of acute bipolar II depression: Current evidence. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 2011;72(3):356-366.
  3. Yatham LN. Diagnosis and management of patients with bipolar II disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 2005;66 Suppl 1:13-17.


Dr. Swartz has no relevant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.05) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 0.5 contact hour.

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Release Date: 3/8/2013 | Last Modified On: 3/12/2014 | Expires: 3/12/2015

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