Chapter 26. Management of Bipolar II Disorder

  1. Lakshmi N. Yatham3 and
  2. Mario Maj4
  1. Gordon Parker1 and
  2. Terence A. Ketter2

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470661277.ch26

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

How to Cite

Parker, G. and Ketter, T. A. (2010) Management of Bipolar II Disorder, in Bipolar Disorder (eds L. N. Yatham and M. Maj), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470661277.ch26

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Psychiatry, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

  2. 4

    Department of Psychiatry, University of Naples SUN, Naples, Italy

Author Information

  1. 1

    School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales (UNSW), New South Wales, Australia 2031; Black Dog Institute, Hospital Road, Prince of Wales Hospital, Ranwick, NSW 2031, Australia

  2. 2

    Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University Hospital and Clinics, Stanford University School of Medicine, 401 Quarry Road, Room 2124, Stanford CA 94305, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 1 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470721988

Online ISBN: 9780470661277



  • management of bipolar II disorder;
  • modeling bipolar disorders and differentiating bipolar I and II conditions - fundamental importance.;
  • management model - medication, education and development of ‘wellbeing’ plan;
  • mood-stabilization, individuals remaining euthymic (rare) - having minimal mood fluctuations;
  • mood-stabilizing medication strategies;
  • antidepressant drugs and roles of agents - in relation to bipolar II disorder;
  • bipolar II patients, highs being less common, less severe and brief in duration;
  • medication strategies - for managing depressive episodes;
  • medication strategies for managing hypomania;
  • motivating individuals to develop a well-being plan - costs and benefits of illness


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • An overall management model

  • Medication

  • Education

  • Psychological interventions

  • Well-being plans

  • Summary

  • Acknowledgement

  • References