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Bipolar Disorder Care Plans

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Creating a comprehensive care plan for managing Bipolar Disorder involves several key components, addressing both acute episodes and long-term stability.

Here are two examples of Bipolar Disorder Care Plans:

Bipolar Disorder Care Plan 1

1. Assessment and Diagnosis

  • Comprehensive Evaluation: Conduct a thorough psychiatric assessment to confirm the diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder, distinguishing between Bipolar I, Bipolar II, and other related disorders.
  • Medical History: Review the patient’s medical, psychiatric, and family history.

2. Medication Management

  • Mood Stabilizers: Prescribe mood stabilizers such as lithium, valproate, or lamotrigine.
  • Antipsychotics: Use atypical antipsychotics like quetiapine or olanzapine, especially if there are psychotic symptoms.
  • Antidepressants: Prescribe cautiously and usually in combination with a mood stabilizer to avoid triggering manic episodes.
  • Regular Monitoring: Schedule regular follow-ups to monitor medication efficacy and side effects.

3. Psychotherapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Helps in identifying and changing negative thought patterns and behaviors.
  • Psychoeducation: Educate the patient and their family about the disorder, treatment options, and strategies for managing symptoms.
  • Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT): Focuses on stabilizing daily rhythms and improving relationships.

4. Lifestyle Modifications

  • Sleep Hygiene: Encourage regular sleep patterns and address any sleep disturbances.
  • Healthy Diet: Promote a balanced diet and regular exercise.
  • Substance Abuse: Address any substance abuse issues, as these can exacerbate symptoms.

5. Crisis Plan

  • Emergency Contacts: Provide a list of emergency contacts and mental health crisis intervention services.
  • Warning Signs: Identify early warning signs of manic or depressive episodes.
  • Safety Measures: Develop a safety plan to manage severe mood episodes, which may include hospitalization if necessary.

6. Support Systems

  • Family and Friends: Engage with the patient’s support network to provide education and support.
  • Support Groups: Recommend joining support groups for individuals with Bipolar Disorder.

7. Long-Term Management

  • Regular Follow-Ups: Schedule consistent follow-up appointments to review treatment progress and make necessary adjustments.
  • Relapse Prevention: Develop strategies for preventing relapse and managing stress.

8. Additional Resources

  • Educational Materials: Provide brochures and online resources about Bipolar Disorder.
  • Community Resources: Connect the patient with community resources and support services.

Bipolar Disorder Care Plan 2

Client Name: [Insert Client Name]
DOB: [Insert Date of Birth]
Age: [Insert Age]
Date: [Insert Date]
Session Start and End Time: [Insert Start Time] – [Insert End Time]
Session Location: [Insert Location]
Diagnosis: Bipolar Disorder (ICD-10 Code: F31.9)

1. Session Details

  • Start and Stop Time: [Insert Start and Stop Time]
  • Place of Service: [Insert Place of Service]
  • Date of Service: [Insert Date of Service]
  • Patient Name and Second Identifier: [Insert Name and Identifier]
  • Provider Name and Credentials: [Insert Provider Name and Credentials]

2. Diagnoses

  • Primary Diagnosis: Bipolar Disorder, unspecified (ICD-10: F31.9)

3. Brief Background

The client presents with a history of mood instability characterized by episodes of mania and depression. Symptoms during manic phases include increased energy, reduced need for sleep, and impulsive behavior. Depressive phases are marked by low energy, feelings of hopelessness, and suicidal ideation. The client has experienced significant disruptions in personal and professional life due to these mood swings.

4. Recommendation

  • Therapy Frequency: Weekly sessions for 16 weeks
  • Medication Recommendation: Evaluation for mood stabilizers by a psychiatrist

5. Areas of Clinical Focus

Goal 1: Stabilize mood swings and reduce the severity of manic and depressive episodes within 120 days.

  • Objective 1: Client will learn and apply Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques to identify and manage triggers of mood episodes within 60 days.
    • Intervention 1-1: Psychoeducation on Bipolar Disorder: Educate the client on the nature of bipolar disorder, the cycle of mood changes, and the importance of medication adherence and lifestyle changes.
    • Intervention 1-2: CBT for Mood Management: Teach and practice CBT techniques focusing on identifying and reframing negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to mood instability.

Goal 2: Improve coping mechanisms to handle stress and prevent relapse within 120 days.

  • Objective 2: Client will develop a personalized relapse prevention plan to manage early signs of mood changes within 90 days.
    • Intervention 2-1: Relapse Prevention Planning: Collaborate with the client to identify early warning signs of manic and depressive episodes and develop a comprehensive plan that includes coping strategies and support systems.
    • Intervention 2-2: Stress Management Training: Implement stress management techniques such as mindfulness, relaxation exercises, and healthy lifestyle choices to reduce the impact of stress on mood stability.

6. Client and Provider Signatures

Client Signature and Date: _________________________

Clinician Signature and Date: _________________________

Helpful Resources


This care plan should be customized to meet the specific needs of the individual. It is crucial to work closely with healthcare professionals to ensure the best outcomes.

Emergency Numbers

Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation’s largest organization fighting sexual violence: (800) 656-HOPE / (800) 810-7440 (TTY)

988 Mental Health Emergency Hotline: Calling 988 will connect you to a crisis counselor regardless of where you are in the United States.

911 Emergency

The National Runaway Safeline: 800-RUNAWAY (800-786-2929)

Self Abuse Finally Ends (S.A.F.E)

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Trauma & Child Abuse Resource Center

Domestic Violence Shelters & Resources

Futures Without Violence

National Center for Victims of Crime

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

National Network to End Domestic Violence

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Prevent Child Abuse America

Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC)

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) HelpLine: 1-800-950-NAMI, or text “HELPLINE” to 62640. Both services are available between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET, Monday–Friday

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255); www.suicidepreventionlifeline.orgOr, just dial 988

Suicide Prevention, Awareness, and Support: www.suicide.org

Crisis Text Line: Text REASON to 741741 (free, confidential and 24/7). In English and Spanish

Self-Harm Hotline: 1-800-DONT CUT (1-800-366-8288)

Family Violence Helpline: 1-800-996-6228

American Association of Poison Control Centers: 1-800-222-1222

National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependency: 1-800-622-2255

LGBTQ Hotline: 1-888-843-4564

National Maternal Mental Health Hotline: 1-833-TLC-MAMA (1-833-852-6262)

The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 678678. Standard text messaging rates apply. Available 24/7/365. (Provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning—LGBTQ—young people under 25.)

The SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline connects LGBT older people and caretakers with friendly responders. 1-877-360-LGBT (5428)

The Trans Lifeline is staffed by transgender people for transgender people:
1-877-565-8860 (United States)
1-877-330-6366 (Canada)

Veterans Crisis Line: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net

International Suicide Prevention Directory: findahelpline.com

The StrongHearts Native Helpline is a confidential and anonymous culturally appropriate domestic violence and dating violence helpline for Native Americans, available every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT. Call 1-844-762-8483.

‘Find a Therapist’ Online Directories


UK & Republic of Ireland

  • Emergency: 112 or 999
  • Hotline: +44 (0) 8457 90 90 90 (UK – local rate)
  • Hotline: +44 (0) 8457 90 91 92 (UK minicom)
  • Hotline: 1850 60 90 90 (ROI – local rate)
  • Hotline: 1850 60 90 91 (ROI minicom)
  • YourLifeCounts.org: https://yourlifecounts.org/find-help/

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