New York, NY (PRWEB) April 29, 2014
Global Medical Education, a free online medical education resource that provides timely, unbiased, evidence-based medical education and online medical information, and the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine, a provider of continuing medical education for physicians, announces the first annual Bipolar Disorder Summit, to be held May 16 and 17 in Newport, R.I.
The Bipolar Disorder Summit will explore state of the art diagnostic and therapeutic issues in patients with bipolar disorder. This will include reasons for missed diagnosis, changes in DSM-5, and the effects of culture on the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder. The latest advances in treating all phases of the illness, including non-pharmacological therapies, special issues in pregnancy, metabolic side effects of therapies and strategies to make patients active collaborators in their care will be discussed.
Special guests scheduled to present at the Bipolar Disorder Summit:
“Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric illness involving genetic vulnerability, often initially activated by stress in adolescents or early adulthood, resulting in recurrent episodes of depression and mania, generally requiring ongoing treatment with mood stabilizers,” said Fred Goodwin, M.D., former director of the National Institute of Mental Health and a keynote speaker at the Bipolar Disorder Summit. “Episodes of mania and depression can vary from mild to severe, so it’s important that even primary care physicians be familiar with the basic symptoms to watch for. Everyone who is involved in the care of patients with bipolar disorder should be at this event.”
The Bipolar Disorder Summit will help physicians recognize the clinical consequences for patients, as well as the impact on the larger healthcare system of missed and incorrect diagnosis in bipolar patients; implement evidence-based recommendations to improve both symptomatic and functional outcomes; apply findings from research studies and expert recommendations that make patients active collaborators in their care; and design individualized medication and psychotherapy treatment strategies to improve outcomes based on the efficacy, safety, long-term data, and route of administration of the available therapies.
“5.7 million Americans deal with the ups and downs of bipolar disorder, but the most significant problem we’re dealing with now is that it’s one of the most misdiagnosed psychiatric illnesses, taking some patients up to 10 years to receive a proper diagnoses,” said Prakash Masand, M.D., president of Global Medical Education and the event’s organizer. “That’s why we’re bringing in the top experts from around the world to address the medical community.”
“I am honored to collaborate with Global Medical Education and the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine taking part in the 1st Annual Bipolar Disorder Summit,” said Mark A. Frye, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry & Psychology Mayo Clinic and the Director of the Mayo Clinic Depression Center. “The ultimate goal of treatment in bipolar disorder, through an individualized treatment program, is mood stabilization and recovery.”
The Bipolar Disorder Summit is supported by an educational grant from Sunovion, Astra Zeneca and Forest Pharmaceuticals.
About Global Medical Education
Global Medical Education is a free online medical education resource that provides timely, unbiased, evidence-based medical education and online medical information from the world’s leading experts to health care professionals around the world. GME provides answers to medical questions, from the common place to the most critical, in concise three to four minute medical education videos, available on-demand on all major digital devices. http://www.gmeded.com/
About Postgraduate Institute for Medicine
The purpose of PIM is to deliver effective continuing medical education activities that are designed to contribute to the professional development of physicians, as well as other healthcare professionals, support their lifelong learning process and positively impact the delivery of care. http://www.pimed.com/