How frequently should patients with bipolar affective disorder (manic-depressive illness) be monitored?

Updated: May 06, 2018
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Reevaluate all patients for treatment response at 4-8 weeks, after each change in treatment, and periodically until full remission is achieved. [3] Full remission is defined in patients with mania as the absence of significant mania symptoms for 2 months; in patients with mixed episode, it is the absence of significant mania or depression symptoms for 2 months; and in those with bipolar depression, it is the absence of significant depressive symptoms for 2 months.


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