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Antidepressants in Bipolar Disorder

Antidepressants in Bipolar Disorder
PsychEducation.org (home) Antidepressants in Bipolar Disorder: The Controversies[Updated 2/2014 with ISBD review. Controversy 3 updated in September 2009; all else is older. Reviewed for accuracy in October 2012] This page has been maintained for nearly 5 years. Unfortunately, most of the controversies below remain controversial. The bottom line overall here: antidepressants may carry much more risk for people with bipolar disorder than is generally recognized. However, antidepressants may pose bigger risks in the long term. Therefore, considerable caution should be used before starting an antidepressant in a patient with bipolar disorder. Finally, some patients clearly do better if they stay on an antidepressant. Page outline International Society for Bipolar Disorders Task Force recommendations: you might just want to read this and stop there! Controversy "zero": Do antidepressants even work in bipolar depression? Controversy 2a: Do antidepressants cause rapid cycling? 1. 2. 3.

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