In this interview, Gary Sachs, MD, internationally recognized as a leading expert in bipolar disorder, gives important tips about how to get better outcomes in treating persons with bipolar disorder. In this brief interview, Dr. Sachs addresses the following key issues about the mindset that clinicians should have.
1. What does it mean to “start with concordance”?
2. Does the readiness-for-change model often used in addictions also apply to bipolar disorder?
3. What is a “Menu of Reasonable Options” that we should set out before the patient?
4. What if the person asks for treatments that we don’t agree with?
5. What is a “Janus-faced approach”? Why is it extremely important to “look forwards” in the patient’s treatment?
6. How can we integrate measurement into the management as an iterative process?
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