Bipolar Disorder and Alcoholism

About the Course:

Bipolar Disorder and Alcoholism will explore the relationship between these disorders, focusing on the prevalence of this co-morbidity, effects of co-morbid alcoholism on the course and features of bipolar disorder, diagnostic issues, and treatment of co-morbid patients.


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

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Susan C. Sonne; Kathleen T. Brady

About the Authors:

Susan C. Sonne, HARMED, is a research assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice.

Kathleen T. Brady, M.D., Ph.D., is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, both at the Medical University of South Carolina, Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs in Charleston, South Carolina.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about bipolar disorder and alcoholism. It is appropriate for introductory to intermediate levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the prevalence and possible explanations for co-morbidity.

  2. Identify the issues surrounding the treatment of co-morbid bipolar disorder and alcoholism.

  3. Describe the treatment of co-morbid bipolar disorder and alcoholism.

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