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Describe the different Thought Processes Patterns for getting from A to B?

Goal Directed - direct and normal

Tangential and Circumstantial are within the normal range but takes a long time to get back to the question or only sort of answers it

Flight of Ideas - Abnormal topic to topic and never comes back to main point but can tell connections between each topic 


Loose Associations - most severe pathology of thought process and can NOT make connections (typically manic or psychotic) 


What are the typical thought processsing patterns seen in Bipolar disorder/mania? 

see Flight of Ideas

Circumstantial or loose associations at other times 


What is the definition/symptoms of a Manic Episode? 

At LEAST 1 week (7 days) duration of elevated mood + 3 other symptoms [or irritability + 4other symptoms bc irritability is non-specific] PLUS Persistently increased activity/energy


Additional symptoms: decreased NEED for sleep, grandiosity, increased self esteem, pressured speech, increased goal-directed actiity, Flight of Ideas/Racing thoughts, distractibility, Risk behavior 

Can have psychotic symptoms 


How is a Hypomanic episode different than a Manic episode? 

Lesser extent and shorter period of time than a manic episode


NO PSYCHOTIC symptoms 


What is an episode with Mixed Features? 

Pt has symptoms of both a manic or hypomanic episode with concurrent depressive symptoms at the same week 


For at least 1 week 


What is the definition of rapid cycling? Who is more likely to be a rapid cycler? What are some triggers? 

BPAD 1 or 2 in which 4 or more mood episodes occur in a year (frequently depressive or manic) and has a worse prognosis overall 


70-90% are rapid cyclers are WOMEN!!!


More common in BPAD 2 vs BPAD 1

can be triggered by lithium-induced hypothyroidsim or antidepressants



Bipolar 1 vs Bipolar 2 vs Mixed Episodes - compare simply 

Bipolar 1 - manic - euthymic - MDE alternating

Bipolar 2 - MDE - hypomania - Euthymia (get full depressive eposides but never up to mania


Mixed - Euthymic then to either Mania or MDE and then both at the same time 


What are underlyng causes of BPAD that must be ruled out prior to diagnosis? 

Substance Abuse

Co-morbid medical conditions

Medication side effects

Personality Disorder

Secondary gain 


What are substance abuse problems that could cause similar symptoms to BPAD? 

Acute Cocaine intoxication can look like mania/psychosis or an anxiety disorder and then like depression after the drug wears off


Heroin intoxication looks like depression with cognitive deficits and withdrawal can look like anxiety disorder or hypomania


Alcohol withdrawal can look like anxity, mania, hypomania or psychosis 


What are co-morbid medical conditions that can cuase similar symptoms to BPAD?


Complex Partial Seizure

MS, SLE, Syphilis, Cushing's


Head trauma


Acute HIV encephalitis, hypoglycemia, hypoxia.... 


BPAD 1 in men vs women 


Average Age Onset 

Women = Men but affects them differently


Women are more likely to be rapid cyclers, have mixed states, and have more depressive episodes


Average Age of Onset is 18 yo (very rare after 50 so make sure you haven't missed another medical diagnosis) 



What is the clinical course of BPAD 1? 

Untreated mania lasts 3 months, untreated depression lasts 6-12 months, untreated mixed episodes last 6 months

Patients will have on average 9 episodes 

Most are Manic into Depression - which is when there is significant Suicide Risk!!!!! 

Many develop substance problems 



What are the co-morbidities with BPAD type 1? 

60% substance use disorders

75% anxiety disorders 

>50% Alcohol use disorder 

all increase risk for suicide (esp alcohol)


What are the genetics of BPAD 1? What chromosmoes are implicated? 

STRONG genetic component: 

10fold increased risk in first degree relatives

50% have at least one parent w/ a mood disorder

1 PArent has Bipolar, then 25% risk in kid 

If both parents have, then 50-75% risk 


Concordance for twins: HIGH


Chromosomes 5, 11, 18, and X


How is the Epidemiological picture different for BPAD Type 2 vs type 1? 


How are the Co-Morbidities different from Type 2 vs Type 1? 


How does Suicide rate compare for type 2 vs Type1? 

Prevalence is a little higher and age of onset is a little higher (20 vs 18)



Anxiety 75%!!!! HIGH

Substance Abuse is less common

Increased incidence of at least one lifetime eating disorder 



1/3 pts attempt (same as 1) but LETHALITY is HIGHER


What is the clinical course for BPAD 2? 

Many patients originally diagnosed with MDD then later get BPAD 2

Some patients go on to develop full blown manic episodes


*MORE lifetime mood episodes than type 1

**Depressive episodes are more frequent than hypomanic episodes and get more disabling over time 


What is Cyclothymia? Who gets it? What are symptoms? 

Cyclothymia - like one step down on level of intensity of symptoms

Pts have hypomanic periods and dysthymic periods but never have symptoms severe enought to meet criteria for mania/hypomania/MD


Symptoms last for > 2 years without going for more than 2 months symptoms free 


Male = Female from adolescence to early adult years 


*Increased chance will evolve into BPAD Type 1/2


How do you treat BPaD? 

BPADtreatment is based upon the stage that the patient is in but likely involves lithium 


Stages: Acute Mania, Bipolar Depression, Maintenance


What are the treatment goals for Acute Mania? How can you achieve those goals? What meds? 

Goals: SLEEP!, decrease though disorganization, address psychotic symptoms, prevent dangerous behavior


**MOOD STABILIZER - Lithium!!! (or Valproate or Carbamazepine) 

can add antipsychotic (also helps with sedation for sleep symptoms) 

Can add Benzodiazepine (lorazepam) for continued agitation

*Eliminate Mood De-stabilizing agents like Anti-depressants!!!! 


What is the treatment in Bipolar depression? What is the order of agents to use? 

Mood Stabilizer: Maximize lithium Dose!!! >.8 mEq and takes 3-4 days to work (also acts as anti-depressant) 

Then try Valproate or Carbamazepine as mood stabilizer  but don't act as anti-depressants


Then consider Lamotrigine 


Then can try Quetiapine, Lurasidone Monotherapy or Olanzapine/Fluoxetine


THEN consider Mood Stabilizer + Antidepressant but NEVER treat with just anti-depressant alone!! 


Lastly - ECt is an option for bipolar depression, elderly, and pregnant women 




What is the Maintenance treatment to maintain euthymia? 

Mood stabilizer like Lithium valproate or carbamazepine


Lamotrigine is helpful only for biplar depression but does not control mania so should not be given alone


Pts may be able to come off the anti-depressant or anti-psychotic during this phase if they are doing well

Ex. Lithium + Risperidone and eventually can slowly wean off the Risperidone and maintain just the Lithium


What is Lithium? What is its MOA? 

Li is a naturally occuring cation 


Don't really know MOA but acts via second messenger to enhance serotonergic treansmission


Treatment of choice for BPAD!!!!! 1/3 Pts dont respond to it 


What are the Side effects of Lithium? 

Pregnancy Class D - causes Ebstein's Anomaly malformation of tricuspid valve 

N/D/Metallic Taste

EKG changes and prolongation of ST interval

Thyroid Abnormalities - Goiter, Hyperglycemia, Hypothyroidism


Kidney - Polydypsia, polyuria, nephrogenic Diabetes Insipidus

Mild Leukocytosis

Weight gain, edema, dry mouth, 

Cognitive Dulling 


What is the toxic level of lithium and what are the signs and symptoms of Lithium Toxicity? 

Levels > 1.2

Levels 1.2-1.5 see Ataxia, dysarthria, incoordination; Increased GI and Renal Symptoms; increased tremor

Levels 1.5-2: see confusion, N/V/D, slurred speech, tremor and ataxia

Levels 2-2.5: see Delirium, EKC changes and cardiac arrhythmia, ataxia

Levels >2.5:  see change in consciousness, acute renal failure, seizure, coma death 


How do you treat a toxic Lithium level? 



What is the warning for Lithium dosing? What should you be cautious of in patients taking lithium? 

Lithium is 100% Renally Filtered so warning to pts with Kidney problems!!!


Be careful in dehydration, NSAID use, Thiazide diuretics, ACE inhibitors, CCB and Ibuprofen 

they can all increase lithium level due to decreased renal clearance



What is the target dosing for Lithium in Bipolar disorder? 

0.8-1.2 meq/L

Aim for lower in elderly


What is Valproic Acid? How does it work? Who is it more effective for? 

VA is a mood stabilizer and anti-epileptic

MOA: increases brain levels of GABA inhibitory NT

May be more effective for Rapid Cyclers and Mixed States 


Caution - Lots of P450 interactions through liver clearance


What are the side effects of Valproic Acid? 

Common: N/D, tremor, sedation, hair loss, weight gain, Increased Ammonia levels

Rare: Thrombocytopenia, Hemorrhagic pancreatitis, polycystic ovary disease

Hepatotoxicity (Not food for Hepatitis pts or alcoholics)


Pregnancy Category D: High risk of Neural tube defects, liver disease, dysphormphic facial features, cardiac abnormalities, reduced IQ 


What are symptoms of Valproic Acid toxicity? What level do you see those at? What do you do at toxic levels? 

See toxicity at levels >125 ug/ml

See Deep sleep, coma

Can get Hemorrhagic pancreatitis 


Do HEMODYALISIS to clear toxic levels 


What is Carbamazepine? How is it used? what is it's MOA? 

Carbamazepine (Tegretol) is not as good as lithium for bipolar depression but may be more effective for rapid cyclers and mixed states


MOA: inhibits Voltage-dependent Na chnanels and decreases repetitive neuron firing and inhibits presynaptic Na channels 


What do you need to remember about Carbamazepine? 

MANY drug-drug interactions - is a P450 inducer and even auto-inducer and so decreases levels of itself and other drugs


DECREASES levels of Oral Contraceptives!!! 


What are the side effects of Carbamazepine? 

N, Ataxia, Sedation

Atrioventricular block 

Atrial Fibrillation 


Aplastic Anemia and agranulocytosis

weight gain

Autoinduction and Hepatitis

Pregnancy Class D: Teratogeniticity of Spinal malformation, dysmorphic features, cranial and cardiac defects