Antidepressant Medications in

Bipolar Disorder


Depression in Bipolar Disorder can often be severe, and was traditionally treated with an antidepressant drug, along with a mood stabilizers.

Professionals now are finding that the use of an antidepressant in bibolar disorder makes the mood labile, can cause hypomania or mania, along with rapid cycling and mixed episodes.

See what Dr. Phelps says about antidepressants.

Antidepressants in Bipolar Disorder

Altshuler et al, Antidepressant continuation or no?

Francis Mark Mondimore, M.D. in his book "Bipolar Disorders - A Guide for Patients and Familes" states -

"Perhaps more than any other treatment issue, the questions surrounding the use of antidepressants in bipolar disorder emphasize the need for individualization of treatment for every patient. There are no hard-and-fast rules for when, why, and how to use antidepressant medications in bipolar patients. Patient and physician need to communicate clearly and honestly about every aspect of symptoms and treatment in order to achieve the best treatment outcome."

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