Receiving an early diagnosis of bipolar disorder can make treatment and management easier nevertheless many people are misdiagnosed and dont realize they have bipolar disorder until later in . Bipolar disorder in later life provides a welcome starting point for review of what is known about late life bipolar disorder the editors martha sajatovic and frederic blow are well known for their work in the field of major psychiatric disorders in the elderly and particularly bipolar disorder and its comorbid conditions. Bipolar disorder bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes dramatic shifts in a persons mood energy and ability to think clearly people with bipolar experience high and low moods known as mania and depression which differ from the typical ups and downs most people experience. The lack of data is troublesome because bipolar disorder in late life is complicated by both mental and physical comorbid conditions making both diagnosis and treatment challenging given the increase in the aging adult population the frequency with which primary care physicians pcps encounter late life mania will increase as well. Late life bipolar disorder guidelines and challenges healthyplacecom staff writer with respect to bipolar disorder in geriatric populations we in fact do not have published guidelines began martha sajatovic md in her address at the 17th annual meeting of the american association for geriatric psychiatry
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