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What is the best treatment for the depression in someone with bipolar affective disorder?

See below. Antidepressants will help with managing depression, while mood stabilizers will help with managing manic sx. Also, psychotherapy will help with comping with sx and building up awareness of your sx. Creating a "crisis card" for people to contact and things to do when your symptoms become overwhelming. Qualified mental health professional will help guiding you through the process. Read more...
Mood stabilizer. Most mood stabilizers used in the treatment of bipolar disorder treat both the depression and mania. An adjustment in the dose of the medication and some psychosocial intervention may be all that is needed during a depressive phase. Anti depressants alone are not recommended. Talk to your doctor if your symptoms continue or worsen. Read more...
Eval. Get a full psychiatric evaluation for bipolar disorder. If bipolar disorder is found, then medications, typically mood stabilizers will be prescribed. Therapy is also strongly indicated. If The evaluation is negative for bipolar disorder, medication still may be needed. In that case therapy is also strongly indicated. Read more...

What is the best way to find an expert psycho-pharmacologist to treat treatment resistance depression in bipolar disorder?

Try Psychology Today. If you are looking for a psycho-pharmacologist, take a look at psychology today's website. There are profiles of psychiatrist & psychologists from around the country including a description of their specialties. Many have their profiles certified by the website. Read more...
Psychopharmacologist. Psychiatrists are the physician experts in psychopharmacology. Board certification in psychiatry includes this, and no additional certification is needed. You could try psychology today listings, but also contact your local psychiatric association: http://www.Psychiatry.Org/network there's also a database of self-identified psychopharmacologists at: http://tinyurl.Com/omqmhr6. Read more...

Depression. If I instead have bipolar disorder, what is a more effective treatment?

Depression versus BPD. I don't know what you're currently taking. I can only tell you what the approved treatments for bipolar depression are. They are, symbyax, (fluoxetine and olanzapine) seroquel xl and latuda, with the latter 2 being approved with or without lithium or depakote. Non approved medications that are often used include lithium, lamictal, wellbutrin with lithium or depakote, and antidepressants which can carry the risk of throwing the patient into mixed mood states, agitated depression, mania, or rapid cycling.Hope this helps and best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season. Read more...

Can you tell me how to make my mom to get treatment for her depression and bipolar disorder?

Depends. States have civil commitment laws that govern involuntary psychiatric treatment if specific legal criteria are meet. Absent this treatment can't be forced. Read more...

How can someone be diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder without having any manic/hypomanic episode ever? (just having depressive episodes)

Bipolar disease. Diagnoses depends. Mood disorder. Check with your dr. Are you getting treatment? There are many atypical presentations. Read more...
A work in progress. Diagnoses are constantly being researched and revised. The + view is that it is self correcting and gets better - the - view is that the pharma folk use it to make $ - the truth is probably a mix and much more too. I'm old enough to still think of manic depression. Seems bipolar includes that and has more too. A link that may help: http://www.Psycheducation.Org/depression/02_diagnosis.Html. Read more...
Technically.... No. However some have proposed sub typing bipolar to include patients with depression and family histories of bipolar the initial episodes of bipolar disorder are often depression. 90% of patients will experience their first manic episode by age 50. Read more...

I am almost sure that I have a bipolar disorder & my depression & anger is ruining my life. Where can I go for diagnosis & treatment? In baltimore, md

Many psychiatrists. There are many excellent private psychiatrists in baltimore md. Also you can go to the department of psychiatry at johns hopkins school of medicine. Read more...
Doctor. Find a good therapist that specializes in bipolar disorders. They can refer you to a psychiatrist for medication and then help you with strategies for the better controlled ups and downs you will experience while on medication. If you have difficulties finding a therapist talk with your internist or family physician and they can refer you. Read more...

I have MS for from 17, I am 28. I had heavy depression after solumedrol (methylprednisolone) (5g infusion), now bipolar affective disorder. Is safe gylenia+venlafaxin+thc?

Discuss with doctor. Venlafaxine or other antidepressants may cause mania or hypomania. Thc can complicate treatment of bipolar disorder. You are already aware that (fingolimod) gylenia is for tx of ms. Notice that you are also a social drinker which can be problematic with bipolar disorder. Please sit down and discuss this with your physician/ physicians. Read more...
MS/depression. Alcohol can worsen depression and bipolar disorder and should not be used with the medications that you are taking. See your prescribing physician for the drug to drug interactions and side effects. Please stop drinking alcohol. Read more...
Agree for most part. Gilenya (fingolimod) is a highly effective MS drug, and venlafaxine should help your depression. THC may interact adversely with Gilenya (fingolimod), but we are not fully certain, and where I live, in Colorado, marijuana is fully legal and many MS pts use it to help spasticity. Would recommend you discuss further with your neurologist. Add vitamin D-3 if not already using. Read more...

Can you tell me how to cure depression and bipolar disorder?

No cure. There is no cure for depression or bipolar disorder. The most we can do is manage the symptoms. For bipolar disorder, medication is best. With depression, depending on the severity, people can use natural treatments, exercise, medication and therapy. If you have bipolar depression, medication is the best option for symptom control. Read more...