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PsychEd: educational psychiatry podcast

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This podcast is written and produced by psychiatry residents at the University of Toronto and is aimed at medical students and residents. Listeners will learn about fundamental and more advanced topics in psychiatry as our resident team explore these topics with world-class psychiatrists at U of T a… read more


Psyched Episode 3 b): Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder (Depression) with Dr. Ariel Shafro

Welcome to PsychEd, the psychiatry podcast for medical learners, by medical learners. This episode covers the diagnosis of bipolar disorder in ther depressive episodes, and a phenomenon termed "episodes with mixed features", with guest Dr. Ariel Shafro, a staff psychiatrist at Trillium Health Partners. 

Bipolar disorder is an illness characterized by manic and depressive episodes; patients in fact spend more time in a depressed state than a manic state. The criteria for diagnosing a bipolar depression is the same as unipolar depression (or major depressive disorder). 

When patients present with a depressive episode, it is important to consider bipolar disorder as a possible differential diagnosis. In addition, we discuss certain features that can point to an increased likelihood of bipolarity in a patient presenting with depression: this includes a strong family of bipolar disorder; previous subthreshold mania and cyclothymic features;atypical depression, psychomotor retardation (and/or catatonia), and psychotic features; and atypical reaction to antidepressants. 

Lastly, we talk about the phenomenon of "episodes with mixed features", where people can present with simultaneous symptoms of depression and mania. We discuss the relevance of recognizing such episodes, including increased vigilance for features of bipolarity and considerations for treatments that have effect in both unipolar and bipolar depression.

The learning objectives for this episode are as follows. By the end of this episode, the listener will be able to:

  • Describe criteria for bipolar depression (it's the same as unipolar depression!)
  • List features suggestive of bipolarity in a presentation of depression
  • Know the DSM-V criteria of and recognize episodes with mixed features
  • Describe the relevance of diagnosing episodes with mixed features

Guest Staff Psychiatrist: Dr. Ariel Shafro (Trillium Health Partners, Mississauga)

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