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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.

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