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Bipolar Disorder - A Serious Mental Health Disorder


Resource Type: Nursing Lecture
Listening Time: 72 Mins
Date Added: 01/05/2017
Date Recorded: 23/04/2015
Date Reviewed:
Event: Mental Health: Understanding Bipolar Disorder Including the Practice of ECT 2015
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Topics: Mental Health

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Bipolar disorders impact the lives of many people in today’s society. However, there are many myths that surround the condition. This introductory session looks at facts that nurses need to know in order to care for those with these disorders.


Topics covered

  • Background and aetiology
  • What are the signs and symptoms?
  • What is the difference between mania and depression?
  • A look at the associated risks related to this condition
  • Alcohol and drug related issues that complicate management
  • Suicide and extreme outcomes of the disorder
  • Implications for all nurses


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Presenter Biographies

PhD, MMentalHlthNsg, GradDipPsychSt, BN, MHRN New topics - Clinical depression as a symptom of inflammation rather than a disease Rate increased - Nat/Zoe Feb 2018
Dr Karen-Ann Clarke is a Registered Nurse and a specialised mental health nurse, with 30 years’ experience of working with individuals and families impacted by the experiences of mental illness. Using a feminist narrative methodology, her PhD research explored the way in which women diagnosed with depression made decisions and meanings about receiving electroconvulsive therapy. As a lecturer in nursing at USC, Dr Clarke is responsible for the coordination of mental health curricula across multiple undergraduate and post-graduate programs. Teaching in excess of 900 undergraduate students each...

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