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Meeting the Challenge of Bipolar Disorder: Self Help Strategies that Work!, by the AYCNP, Gabrielle Woods PhD (Editor), Dr. Laura Pipoly (Foreword)

Overcoming Bipolar Disorder Using Self Help Methods provides tested and practical ideas in self help that can improve symptoms and help most with bipolar disorder to achieve remission. (Currently eBook. Paperback scheduled for January 15, 2013).

Page updated December 15, 2012

Antidepressants and bipolar disorder

Antidepressants alone are not effective in treating bipolar disorder, and studies have indicated that antidepressants combined with mood stabilizing drugs are not more effective in improving symptoms of bipolar disorder than mood stabilizing drugs alone. (Sachs, G., March 28, 2007. The New England Journal of Medicine) (Burgess, W., 2006. p.111.) Also, it is possible that antidepressants actually can make matters worse in terms of bipolar disorder.

Prozac is the  most-often prescribed antidepressant.
Picture: Prozac pills. Antidepressants as a second medication are not effective for bipolar disorder. Antidepressant use for depression can lead
to a later bipolar diagnosis.

"I try not to prescribe my bipolar patients medicines in the antidepressant class because they may not help bipolar depression. If anything antidepressants can worsen bipolar depression or trigger mania and psychosis. In fact, if you look in the most common physicians' reference, the Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR), you will find a warning about triggering mania or worsening bipolar disorder in the documentation for most antidepressants." (Ibid)

(Studies indicate that antidepressants increase likelihood of suicidal thoughts in children, teens, and also adults from the ages of 18-24. Hence, there are black box warnings on antidepressants concerning increased risk of suicidal thoughts. Antidepressants doubles risk of suicidal thoughts from 2% to 4%).

Bipolar Disorder Overdiagnosed reaffirms a recent study by Zimmerman, associate professor of psychiatry at Rhode Island University.


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