Association of Pharmacy
Technicians UK (APTUK)
The Professional Leadership Body for Pharmacy Technicians

Bipolar disorder



This CPD module is about current thinking on bipolar disorder. It will look at what bipolar disorder is, how people are affected by disruptive episodes, symptom management and long-term treatment. 

The peak rate of onset of bipolar disorder is between the ages of 15 and 19 years


To help you understand the treatment strategies for bipolar disorder. 


After reading this module pharmacy technicians will be able to:

  • List the key symptoms of bipolar disorder
  • Explain the treatment strategies for acute mania, acute bipolar depression and longer term treatment
  • Understand the challenges patients with bipolar disorder face. 

Contributing author

Julie Haste, lead mental health pharmacist (Brighton & Hove).

About this module

This CPD module is designed for community pharmacy technicians to use as part of their continuing professional development. Reflection exercises have been included to help start you off in the CPD learning cycle.

Record your learning and how you applied it in your practice using the action and evaluation record at the end of this module, which will then be stored in your personal learning log. You must be registered on the website to do this.

Continuing professional development (CPD) is a statutory requirement for pharmacy technicians. Completion of this module will contribute to the nine pieces of CPD that must be recorded a year, as stipulated by the GPhC.



Click here to download a PDF of the module as it appeared in print. You can still use your online learning log to record your learning outcomes and impact on your practice.

Originally Published by Training Matters

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