Managing Bipolar Disorder in Time of COVID-19 Pandemic
Rabie KARROURI, Zakaria HAMMANI, Yassine OTHEMAN.
People with bipolar disorder are at high risk of serious complications during the COVID-19 pandemic. Limited access to care, lifestyle, health condition and other clinical characteristics increase the risk of contracting the new coronavirus disease, with more risk of developing severe forms, as well as that of bipolar relapse. Here, we will describe some problematic situations that may be encountered by bipolar patients during this pandemic period, and the measures that can be taken to reduce the impact of such problems on bipolar disorder course. Maintaining a daily schedule with relaxing and pleasing activities, getting enough sleep, keeping contact with mental health professionals and continuing prescribed medication, are important measures to prevent relapse. Family and friends, have also a key role in accompanying and supporting patients in these crisis time.View pdf