Working with bipolar disorder during the covid-19 pandemic: Both crisis and opportunity

E. A. Youngstrom
S. P. Hinshaw
A. Stefana
J. Chen
K. Michael
A. Van Meter, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
V. Maxwell
E. E. Michalak
E. G. Choplin
L. T. Smith
C. Vincent
A. Loeb
E. Vieta

Abstract

© 2020, WikiJournal User Group. All rights reserved. Beyond public health and economic costs, the COVID-19 pandemic adds strain, disrupts daily routines, and com-plicates mental health and medical service delivery for those with mental health and medical conditions. Bipolar disorder can increase vulnerability to infection; it can also enhance stress, complicate treatment, and heighten interpersonal stigma. Yet there are successes when people proactively improve social connections, prioritize self-care, and learn to use mobile and telehealth effectively.