What are the indications for inpatient treatment in bipolar affective disorder (manic-depressive illness)?

Updated: May 06, 2018
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Patients diagnosed with bipolar mania or depression and severe symptoms must be referred for urgent/emergent mental health intervention. [3] The indications for inpatient treatment in a person with bipolar disorder, or manic-depressive illness (MDI), include the following:

  • Danger to self

  • Danger to others

  • Delirium

  • Marked psychotic symptoms

  • Total inability to function

  • Total loss of control (eg, excessive spending, undertaking a dangerous trip)

  • Medical conditions that warrant medication monitoring (eg, substance withdrawal/intoxication)


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