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Mania: The primary care provider role
What to expect of a primary care clinician
Primary care providers can screen for and establish a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.
- Screening for secondary causes of mania is important. Ruling out substance use disorder can be efficiently conducted through history and, if necessary, toxicology screening.
- Providing psychoeducation and psychosocial or behavioural strategies is warranted in primary care.
- It is reasonable for a family physician to begin treatment with anti-manic pharmacotherapy.
Bipolar disorder: Assessment and management (NICE guideline CG185, 2014)