Bipolar Disorder in Incarcerated Offenders, Treatment of

Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric illness that is colloquially known as manic-depressive disorder. Previous editions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders categorized bipolar disorder as a mood disorder; however, the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published in 2013, assigned bipolar disorders its own category and aptly places it between psychotic disorders and depressive disorders as it shares features with both of those categories through different phases of the illness. In the United States, since the Community Mental Health Act was passed in 1963, there has been a trans-institutional shift in the severe and persistent mentally ill population, and the correctional setting has seen a consistent influx of inmates with serious mental illnesses including bipolar disorder. ...

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