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Malaysian Consensus Statement for the Treatment of Bipolar Disorder

Date: 10 September 2007

Foreword

I would like to congratulate all of those who contributed to the making of these guidelines. Bipolar disorder is difficult to diagnose, especially if patients are seen only during the depressive phase. Drugs are available for treatment, but as clinicians it is essential that we manage our patients using evidence-based medicine. With a greater awareness of Bipolar II Disorder as part of the bipolar spectrum, a growing body of evidence will be available to aid clinicians in making treatment decisions for this disabling condition. By using these guidelines we will be able to standardize our local treatment approaches within an Asian context.

Prof Dr Mohamad Hussain Habil
President of Malaysian Psychiatric Association

Preface

Bipolar disorder, which was once thought to be neither common nor very serious, is now increasingly recognized as a major cause of disability and morbidity, and contributes significantly to mortality among psychiatric patients. Part of the problem is late recognition and inadequate or even inappropriate treatment of this condition; for example, giving patients antidepressants alone which tend to destabilize mood. It is hoped that a guideline such as this will help doctors in the challenging task of patient management.

I wish to congratulate the Young Psychiatrists Section of the Malaysian Psychiatric Association for their sterling efforts in producing this booklet. While it is not a CPG, nevertheless it was an arduous task. I hope they may continue to work as well as this in producing guidelines for other conditions. I also wish to thank the Editorial Advisory Group for their many suggestions, as well as acknowledge authors of previously produced guidelines which have helped in this process.

Prof Dr Maniam Thambu
Chief Editor
Senior Consultant Psychiatrist
Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia


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