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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Unipolar Depression (Definition)

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