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A 51-year-old male asked:

Is depakote used for bipolar depression as well as mania?

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 27 years experience
No: Depakote is formally approved for mania and mixed episodes (or irritable mania) in Bipolar Disorder. It is also commonly used as a maintenance medication (i.e. a true mood stabilizer) to decrease the total number of mood episodes in a year. However, it has not been shown to help depressions in Bipolar Disorder
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A 29-year-old member asked:

Can you have mania without depression in bipolar?

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Dr. J. Kirk Clopton
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Yes: Mania can be the first presentation in bipolar disorder and it tends to be the predominant presentation in the early course of the disorder. Over time, depression tends to become more pronounced.
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