Bipolar affective disorder (BD) is a long-term psychiatric disorder presenting remittent depressive, hypomanic, manic or mixed episodes of illness and asymptomatic intermediate periods. Serious risk of self-destructive behaviour apply. Patients are typically symptomatic half of the time. Treatment focuses on preventing the recurrence of episodes. The care is based on mood stabiliser and antipsychotic medication in accordance with the patient’s current symptoms. Psychosocial interventions as an add-on treatment can improve the outcome.
Kirsi Suominen (Chair)