Updated guidelines on the treatment of bipolar disorder

Professor Richard Morriss, a consultant psychiatrist and chair of the group that developed the guideline, said: “Bipolar disorder is more common than is often thought, with 1.4% of the population affected at some point in their lifetime. However, there are effective treatments available and if it is recognised early, through continuing treatment and care, people with bipolar disorder can lead relatively normal and fulfilling lives.“

There have been many developments since the original recommendations were published – we now know more about drug and psychological treatments and their service delivery in adults and adolescents. We have also highlighted the support offered to carers as a key priority in the new guideline and what can be done to improve the physical and mental health of people with bipolar disorder.”