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which a drugs do u prescribe for bipolar with equal mania and depression?

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Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Bipolar disorder: There are many types of medications used to treat bipolar disorder with both symptoms of mania and depression. The treatment should be tailored to the patient's constellation of symptoms. Lithium, antipsychotics, and benzodiazepines are among the medications used.
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Mood stabilizers: Mood stabilizers first such as antiepileptics like topamax, lamictal, divalproex, litium with careful monitoring or atypical antipsychotics such as abilify, resperdal, seroquel, zyprexa, clozaril, or geodon or more recently Safris, Latuda, (lurasidone) Fanapt, Invega They may need an atypical antipsychotic plus an antiepileptic at first if manic. Then the mood stabilizer can be augmented with antidepres

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How do I know if I have postpartum depression?

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Dr. Stephen Scarantino
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
You may not know...: It is easy to feel overwhelmed as a new mother--reach out! i would recommend speaking with your obstetrician or social worker at the hospital you had delivered at and informing him/her of your current state of mind and how you are feeling. You should not feel ashamed to talk with your family or doctor about how you are feeling nor should any of your symptoms be dismissed or taken lightly.
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What are the symptoms of postpartum depression?

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Pediatrics 38 years experience
Sad and tired: If you find yourself constantly exhausted, unable to sleep, sad at a time when you should be happy with your new baby, not interested in eating, having mood swings, worrying or thinking about harming your baby, you could have postpartum depression. This occurs in 10-20% of women within the first few months after birth. It's more likely if you've had depression before or are under stress.
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What are the risk factors for postpartum depression?

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Dr. David Fein
Specializes in Preventive Medicine
Depression history: The most common risk factors for post-partum depression are a previous or current treatment for clinical depression, or a family history of clinical depression. However, many women with no risk factors may see their "baby blues" progress to something more...And they should not hesitate to contact their OB for treatment.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can someone get a burner and concussion at the same time from basketball?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Yes: Sudden stinging down arms or legs is often called a burner. Trauma to nerves in neck or shoulder can do this. Trauma to the head with confusion, nausea, and alteration in consciousness can be considered a concussion. Both types of symptoms may occur during a major trauma event.
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What are the barriers to getting professional help for postpartum depression?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Recognition: Too many people don't see the severity of ppd, or play it down as "baby blues." PPD is common and can be severe. If there is a personal or family history of ppd, depression or anxiety in pregnant woman, then the subject should be brought up regularly with the obstetrician or midwife. Be aware there are numerous help site for this condition. http://www.ppdsupportpage.com/.

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