Tackling the Barriers to the Accurate Diagnosis and Optimal Management of Bipolar Depression

Program Overview

Seventy percent of patients with bipolar depression are misdiagnosed at their initial visit. This worsens their prognosis, results in mistreatment, decreased quality of life, and increased suicide risk. The symptoms of a bipolar depressive episode are identical to unipolar depression. Learn from James S. Manning, MD, and Sara Jones, PhD, APRN, as they discuss tools and strategies to improve diagnostic accuracy and optimize treatment. Additionally, the panel is joined by a surprise guest and further informed by a patient experience survey highlighting what matters most to patients.

0.5 CE Credit(s)
Expires: March 2, 2024

Target Audience

Psychiatry/mental health and primary care clinicians who manage patients with bipolar depression.

Educational Objectives

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

  • Utilize established screening tools and diagnostic criteria to identify patients with bipolar depression
  • Individualize treatment for episodes of bipolar depression

Activity Faculty


James Sloan Manning, MD

Family Physician
High Point Family Medicine
High Point, North Carolina

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Associate Professor
College of Nursing and Health Professions
McNeese State University
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Journey Wellness Clinic, PLLC
North Little Rock, Arkansas

Supporter Statement

Supported by an independent educational grant from Intra-Cellular Therapies, Inc.

Provider Statement

This activity is provided by RMEI Medical Education, LLC.

Disclosure of Financial Relationships


Planners and Managers

Method of Participation and Request for Credit

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings. 

Disclaimer Statement

Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. 

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