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111: Understanding and Treating Bipolar Spectrum Disorder and Schizophrenia

Michael Lyles, M.D.
Lyles and Crawford Clinical Consulting
11111 Houze Rd., Ste. #320
Roswell, GA 30076

Serious mental illness (SMI) is a termthat describes mental or behavioral disorders that cause significantimpairment in multiple areas of a patient’s life. Approximately5.2% of U.S.adults suffer from SMI. UntreatedBipolardisorder(BP) and schizophreniaare examples of SMIthat posean excellent opportunity for positive intervention ifdiagnosed and treatedbefore significant impairment has occurred.Unfortunately, manymental health professionalslack either training or experience inthis area.

Learning Objectives
Participants will:
• Discuss how to diagnostically distinguish BP and schizophreniafrom other mood and psychotic disorders for psychologists and licensed mental health professionals
• List the pharmacological treatment options for BP andschizophrenia, with special attention to the relevant side effects of each
• Formulate a treatment plan that addresses thepsychological and spiritual needs of patients and familieswith BP and schizophrenia

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