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S lithium the best treatment for bipolar depression?

S lithium the best treatment for bipolar depression?

Yes: Lithium, lamictal, and atypical antipsychotics (seroquel, zyprexa, risperdal, geodon, (ziprasidone) abilify) are probably the first line agents for bipolar depression. Antidepressants can make bipolar depression turn into bipolar mania in some people, and should probably be reserved for situations in which the first line agents have failed. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Is psychotherapy for treating depression?

Is psychotherapy for treating depression?

Not only: Psychotherapy has been shown to be helpful in treating various mental ailments; psychotherapy also helps a person cope with physical ailments; psychotherapy can be used to improve communication skills, self-concept, parenting skills, anger management, etc. There is individual psychotherapy, couples/marital/family. ...Read more

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Is citalopram effective to treat manic depression?

Is citalopram effective to treat manic depression?

Caution: Citalopram can treat depression. The issue is, that -- in patients who have bipolar disorder -- antidepressants like citalopram can increase the risk of switching from a depressed or normal mood to one that is manic. Often a mood stabilizer is added to prevent such a mood switch. So it is important to discuss this issue and how to deal with it in advance with your psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Is lamotrigine the most effective treatment for bipolar depression?

Is lamotrigine the most effective treatment for bipolar depression?

Lamotrigine: "more effective" all depends on what you're comparng it to. Caveats/points of interest: - Lamotrigine both stabilizes/prophylaxes mania as well as helps raise the mood with an antidepressant like effect. - sometimes it is ineffective by itself for depression, and something else needs to be added. - potentially inadequate four mania/hypomania prophylaxis, particularly with vigorous anti-dep rx. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for unipolar depression?

What is the treatment for unipolar depression?

SSRI: I always try to start with meds that have very well known effectiveness , low side effects, low cost, no habituation risk and once a day dosing.These include : prozac, zoloft, paxil, (paroxetine) celexa, lexapro, and many others.Please discuss with your dr what might be best for you. ...Read more

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What type of treatment for major depression anxioty bipolar?

What type of treatment for major depression anxioty bipolar?

Bipolar Disorder : with Anxiety. Start with a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. Insure that medical causes for symptoms are ruled out. Talking therapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is allows for lasting change. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and illicit drugs. Take medications as directed. Eat healthfully. Sleep consistently. Be physically active. ...Read more

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How is the success of Lithium Therapy in Atypical depression?suffering from unipolar treatment resistant depression.

How is the success of Lithium Therapy in Atypical depression?suffering from unipolar treatment resistant depression.

Treatment : Research suggests that lithium is effective 50% of the time when added to antidepressant medication to augment response in the treatment of depression. ...Read more

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What is the best natural treatment for bipolar affective disorder?

Meds: Bipolar disorder is a complex disease best managed with a close relationship with a dr. Comfortable with treating this illness.I do not know of any "natural" treatments that are effective in the treatment of this disorder.That said, how about treatment with a natural substance like a"salt", like lithium, which I use most often in treating bipolar disorder, along with other meds? ...Read more

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Is lithium appropriate for clinical depression?

Is lithium appropriate for clinical depression?

Yes, but...: Yes, but usually after other treatments have failed. Lithium is one of the few drugs with evidence showing it can reduce suicidal behavior, so lithium (either monotherapy or adjunctively) definitely has a place in treating severely depressed, suicidal patients who've failed more conservative tx. I'll add that when used adjunctively, doses are often much lower than what's used in bipolar patients. ...Read more

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How is the success of Lithium Therapy in unipolar treatment resistant depression?

How is the success of Lithium Therapy in unipolar treatment resistant depression?

It may help...: Lithium has a fair amount of research behind it--it is a known strategy to augment antidepressant treatment and to help prevent recurrence. Patients seem to be afraid of Lithium; but for many people it can be a life-saver. ...Read more

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What is the difference in treatment for unipolar depression vs. bipolar disorder?

What is the difference in treatment for unipolar depression vs. bipolar disorder?

Bipolar vs Unipolar: with unipolar depression- antidepressants are the first "go -to" meds. With bipolar depression - mood stabilizers and antispychotics are the first go too's. ...Read more

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What is a good medication to treat schizo affective disorder bipolar type 1?

What is a good medication to treat schizo affective disorder bipolar type 1?

Bipolar: Following thorough evaluation, usually combination of antipsychotic such as abilify, (aripiprazole) with a mood stabilizer. Your prescribing doctor would be the best to consult. ...Read more

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How effective is psychoeducation for treating bipolar disorder?

How effective is psychoeducation for treating bipolar disorder?

Bipolar : Education is profoundly effective; knowledge truly is power, and it's not just about educating the patient. It's also about educating the families of these patients, not to mention society as a whole. ...Read more

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Is lithium an effective treatment for bipolar disorder?

Is lithium an effective treatment for bipolar disorder?

Yes: In fact, lithium is probably the best/most studied medication for the treatment of bipolar disorder. It is very effective in many but not all cases. It has been shown to be the most effective treatment for suicidality. It can be safe and effective, especially for bipolar i disorder or a manic episode. ...Read more

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Which antidepressant works best for anxiety disorders?

Which antidepressant works best for anxiety disorders?

It depends: In head to head studies, antidepressants generally work equally well. The choice of antidepressant really depends on the side effects that the person may have or be willing to tolerate. In ocd, most doctors use either fluvoxamine or clomipramine because they work the strongest on serotonin receptors. But other antidepressants have been known to help too. ...Read more

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How could Abilify (aripiprazole) work for unipolar TRDepression?

How could Abilify (aripiprazole) work for unipolar TRDepression?

IT IS NOT CLEAR: The mechanism of aripiprazole (Abilify) is not exactly known. However, it seems to enhance the effects of dopamine and serotonin when these are low. ...Read more

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What is unipolar depression?

What is unipolar depression?

Depression: "unipolar" depression is in contrast to "bipolar" depression. In unipolar depression, there is no history of mania (periods of speeded-up thinking & talking; high energy & not needing to sleep; expansive feelings & behavior; etc). The person suffers only from depressions -- which may be recurrent -- rather than swinging from depressive "pole" to manic "pole" throughout life. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for unipolar depression?

SSRI: I always try to start with meds that have very well known effectiveness , low side effects, low cost, no habituation risk and once a day dosing.These include : prozac, zoloft, paxil, (paroxetine) celexa, lexapro, and many others.Please discuss with your dr what might be best for you. ...Read more

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What are the best antidepressants if you have unipolar depression?

What are the best antidepressants if you have unipolar depression?

MANY: There are many possibilities of treatment for depression. The categories of medications are; selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors: prozac celexa zoloft lexapro luvox paxil serotonin/norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors: cymbalta pristiq effexor wellbutrin viibryd tri-cyclic antidepressants: elavil pamelor imipramine etc so lots of different options so just speak to your physician. ...Read more

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What is the difference in treatment for unipolar depression vs. bipolar disorder?

Bipolar vs Unipolar: with unipolar depression- antidepressants are the first "go -to" meds. With bipolar depression - mood stabilizers and antispychotics are the first go too's. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of unipolar depression?

What are the symptoms of unipolar depression?

Depression: Depressed mood, lack of interest, excessive guilt, sleep disturbance, appetite issues, poor attention span and concentration, lack of energy and suicidal thinking. If you have most of these symptoms for more than two to four weeks, you should talk to some one. ...Read more

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What are the tests for unipolar depression?

What are the tests for unipolar depression?

Unipolar Depression: Also there are depression scales to test for depression, such as the hamilton test & the zung depression scale. Your psychiatrist can provide you with those. ...Read more

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What is the difference detween chronic depression and unipolar depression?

What is the difference detween chronic depression and unipolar depression?

Overlapping terms: "chronic depression" simply means the depression has be persistently present for a long time, typically years or longer. "unipolar depression" means that the person only has depression, as opposed to bipolar affective disorder, where both depression & mania occur. The formal terminology is major depression, with various modifiers that describe severity, duration, & persistence, etc.. ...Read more

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What is unipolar depression?

Depression: "unipolar" depression is in contrast to "bipolar" depression. In unipolar depression, there is no history of mania (periods of speeded-up thinking & talking; high energy & not needing to sleep; expansive feelings & behavior; etc). The person suffers only from depressions -- which may be recurrent -- rather than swinging from depressive "pole" to manic "pole" throughout life. ...Read more

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How do you tell unipolar depression and bipolar disorder apart?

How do you tell unipolar depression and bipolar disorder apart?

Mood Swings: By definition bipolar disorder requires the presence of either cycles of alternating mood or severe and debilitating mood swings. In unipolar depression the concern only has to do with depression. ...Read more

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Can you have bipolar disorder (manic depression), then gradually become more and more depressed, until it just becomes unipolar (depression)?

That is not quite: How it works. A person with bipolar disorder has periods of markedly ^ energy, ^ impulsivity, elated or irritable mood as well as separate periods of low mood & energy. (a mixed state is also possible).However, I have seen bipolar individuals who over the years, developed one long, chronic depressive episode. Their manic or hypomanic episodes can sort of die out over time. But it is still >>. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for severe depression?

What is the best treatment for severe depression?

No one best tx.: Your Dr can assess for mood disorder & causative underlying medical conditions. Talking therapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is allows for lasting change. Psychiatric meds may be indicated. Don't isolate. Spend time w people. Use your support system. Get out. Get at least 8 hrs of sleep/ night & eat healthfully. Daily aerobic physical activity is a big +. Try> ...Read more

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What's the best treatment for, treatment resistant depression?

What's the best treatment for, treatment resistant depression?

No 1 "best" one: There are many treatment augmenting strategies for treatment resistant depression. One that seems promising but has less side effects is l-methyl folate (folic acid), (folic acid) since many with depression have abnormalities of folate (folic acid) metabolism that can worsen depression. Also there are transcranial magnetic stimulation and ect. Ongoing psychotherapy of course. Plus many complementary forms of medicine as well. ...Read more

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What is the best non-medicinal treatment for depression / anxiety?

What is the best non-medicinal treatment for depression / anxiety?

Depends on severity: Whether you'll need medicine for depression/anxiety depends on the severity of your symptoms. But you could certainly start with a good psychotherapist, because talk therapy (esp. Cbt) can provide excellent results. Also increasing exercise on your own, plus making sure you get consistent rest/sleep daily too. Classical homeopathy treatment with a trained practitioner is another possibility. ...Read more

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How do I find what's the best treatment for chronic/severe depression?

How do I find what's the best treatment for chronic/severe depression?

See psychiatrist: "best treatment" for chronic and severe depression varies with individuals. Please see a psychiatrist for evaluation so that you can receive the best possible treatment for you. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for depression and anxiety? I feel like i want to disappear.

What is the best treatment for depression and anxiety? I feel like i want to disappear.

Start treatment: For prolonged depression (more than 4 weeks)- for many its months or longer with different degrees of symptoms there is the biological (medications) and therapy (reprograming). Treatment should be individualized and at times a . What's important is to realize..Its very treatable. You need to have a good partnership with your clinician(s) and be honest what helps and what does not (side effects). ...Read more

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I have anxiety & depression what is the best Medicin & how long the treatment to be taken?

I have anxiety & depression what is the best Medicin & how long the treatment to be taken?

Many options: One of the best options to treat both is class of medication known as SSRI. You should speak to your primary care doctor or psychiatrist to get evaluated properly. Duration of treatment varies based on many factors. These medications have significant side effect, as such require monitoring during initial phase of starting drug. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for postpartum depression?

What is the best treatment for postpartum depression?

Antidepressants: If it's true post-partum depression, and you are having difficultly functioning and bonding with the baby, antidepressants work well. If in addition to depression, you are having obsessional thoughts about hurting the baby, you should see a mental health professional immediately. If it is baby blues-which start soon after birth and last days, will improve on it's own. ...Read more

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S lithium the best treatment for bipolar depression?

Yes: Lithium, lamictal, and atypical antipsychotics (seroquel, zyprexa, risperdal, geodon, (ziprasidone) abilify) are probably the first line agents for bipolar depression. Antidepressants can make bipolar depression turn into bipolar mania in some people, and should probably be reserved for situations in which the first line agents have failed. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Unipolar Depression (Definition)

Depression without mania can be referred sometimes as 'unipolar depression' ...Read more