Journal article

Do we need to flick the switch? The need for a broader conceptualization of iatrogenic course aggravation in clinical trials of bipolar disorder

Michael Berk, Felicity Ng, Seetal Dodd, Joseph F Goldberg, Gin S Malhi

PSYCHIATRY AND CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCES | WILEY | Published : 2010

Abstract

The term 'switching' is often used in bipolar disorder when describing polarity changes in bipolar disorder, but this term is ambiguous and imprecise, and is sometimes used interchangeably with the term 'cycling'. Furthermore, polarity changes in bipolar disorder can be understood in different ways, because their clinical manifestations range from the emergence of subthreshold symptoms to a full episode of the opposite pole. Besides the need to tighten the meaning of the term 'switching', this paper also argues that switching does not adequately describe the complex phenomena that occur with course aggravation of bipolar disorder, such as alteration in episode frequency or amplitude. A more-..

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