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Geriatric bipolar disorder: Maintenance treatment

Martha Sajatovic, MD
Peijun Chen, MD, MPH, PhD
Section Editors
Paul Keck, MD
Kenneth E Schmader, MD
Deputy Editor
David Solomon, MD


The clinical features and treatment of older bipolar patients differ from those of younger patients [1]. Up to 25 percent of all bipolar patients are elderly [2], and the absolute number of geriatric bipolar patients is expected to increase as the world’s population ages over the next several decades [3,4].

This topic reviews the maintenance treatment of geriatric bipolar disorder. The epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical features, assessment, diagnosis, and acute treatment of geriatric bipolar disorder are discussed separately, as are the clinical features, diagnosis, acute treatment, and maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder in mixed-age patients.

(See "Geriatric bipolar disorder: Epidemiology, clinical features, assessment, and diagnosis".)

(See "Geriatric bipolar disorder: Acute treatment".)

(See "Bipolar disorder in adults: Epidemiology and pathogenesis".)

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