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Geriatric bipolar disorder: General principles of treatment

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


The treatment of older bipolar patients differs from the treatment 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 general principles of treating geriatric bipolar disorder. The epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical features, assessment, diagnosis, acute treatment and prognosis, and maintenance treatment of geriatric bipolar disorder are discussed separately, as are the epidemiology, 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 "Geriatric bipolar disorder: Maintenance treatment".)

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