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how come antidepressants cause mania in bipolar patients?

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Dr. Jason Berman
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They increase mood: Typically, antidepressants cause an increase in mood and energy because a common symptom of depression is fatigue, sleeping too much, feeling tired all the time and lacking energy. The problem is that the boost in mood from the anti-depressant can then lead to manic episode in bipolar disorder--which is being very, very high in mood and energy. Hope this helps.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Bipolar Disorder is: a cyclic disorder with repeated periods of mania, hypomania & depression. An antidepressant can be stimulating to the point that it flips a person into mania.

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Could I have schizoaffective disorder, bi-polar disorder, and borderline personality disorder?

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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