Which clinicians are involved in treating bipolar II disorder?

It is likely treatment for BPII will involve three main health professionals: a psychiatrist, a GP, and a psychologist. There are important differences between these clinicians.

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who has done extra training to specialise in mental health. They can also prescribe medicines and can help a GP to manage medications. In the treatment of BPII, psychiatrists often confirm diagnosis.

A GP, like a psychiatrist, is a medical doctor but usually has limited training in mental health. GPs can also prescribe medicines and are usually involved in the general, day-to-day management of medications. In the treatment of BPII, GPs often coordinate care and provide referrals to other clinicians or services.

A psychologist has qualifications in psychology and is not a medical doctor. Like psychiatrists, psychologists have also done training to specialise in mental health but unlike psychiatrists, they cannot prescribe medications. In the treatment of BPII, psychologists often help people to develop strategies to stay well and reduce the impact of mood episodes when they occur.