Bipolar affective disorder

Current Care Summary
Working group appointed by the Finnish Medical Society Duodecim, the Finnish Psychiatric Association and the Finnish Society for Adolescent Psychiatry

Current Care Guideline «Kaksisuuntainen mielialahäiriö»1 and Summary «Kaksisuuntainen mielialahäiriö»2 in Finnish

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)

Susanna Lähteenmäki

Mervi Antila

Erkki Isometsä

Tanja Laukkala

Esa Leinonen

Mauri Marttunen

Kari Raaska

Minna Sadeniemi

Marko Sorvaniemi

Merja Syrjämäki

Hanna Valtonen

Alpo Vuorio