Bipolar Disorder in the Elderly

Molly Shores, MD

Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
School of Medicine
University of Washington

Learning Objectives


By the end of this lecture, you should be able to:

  • Describe the criteria for diagnosis of bipolar disorder and differential diagnosis.
  • Discuss the longitudinal course of bipolar disorder and its unique aspects in the elderly.
  • List the major pharmacologic treatment options for mania and for bipolar depression.

[From the Spring 2013 Geriatric Healthcare Lecture Series, with funding from the Alzheimer’s Supplement to the Geriatric Education Centers]