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Why should someone with bipolar disorder take a mood stabalyzer with an antidepressant?
13 doctors weighed in

Jin Packard
Emergency Medicine
11 doctors agree
In brief: Mania
Giving a bipolar patient only antidepressants could send him/her into manic episodes which has potentially serious consequences, including psychosis and severe risk-taking behavior. Major depressive episodes is a component of bipolar disease and you need antidepressants to treat for that, not just mood stabilizer.

In brief: Mania
Giving a bipolar patient only antidepressants could send him/her into manic episodes which has potentially serious consequences, including psychosis and severe risk-taking behavior. Major depressive episodes is a component of bipolar disease and you need antidepressants to treat for that, not just mood stabilizer.
Jin Packard
Jin Packard
Answer assisted by Jin Packard, Medical Student
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Jin Packard
To clarify my answer, those are the reasons why you need BOTH meds for bipolar disease. Can't give just one or the other.
Dr. James Cunnar
Well put Jin.
Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Doesn't work
The largest study done by the nih actually showed that while most people did not get manias, the antidepressants did not help treat depressions in people with bipolar disorder any more than placebo.
Also, some studies have shown that using antidepressants in people with bipolar disorder can lead to more mood episodes in the long run. This last concern is still controversial.

In brief: Doesn't work
The largest study done by the nih actually showed that while most people did not get manias, the antidepressants did not help treat depressions in people with bipolar disorder any more than placebo.
Also, some studies have shown that using antidepressants in people with bipolar disorder can lead to more mood episodes in the long run. This last concern is still controversial.
Dr. Alfredo Soto
Dr. Alfredo Soto
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