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Atypical Antipsychotics for Bipolar Depression

Newer "atypical" antipsychotics work differently than other available drugs, and some (but not all) have been show to help treat depression in bipolar disorder. Currently, only quetiapine, lurasidone, and the combination of olanzapine plus fluoxetine (Prozac), are approved by the FDA to treat bipolar depression. Other atypical antipsychotics are currently being studied to determine if they have antidepressant properties for treating or preventing bipolar depression.

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Bipolar II Disorder

Bipolar II disorder (pronounced "bipolar two") is a form of mental illness. Bipolar II is similar to bipolar I disorder, with moods cycling between high and low over time. However, in bipolar II disorder, the "up" moods never reach full-blown mania. The less-intense elevated moods in bipolar II disorder are called hypomanic episodes, or hypomania. A person affected by bipolar II disorder has had at least one hypomanic episode in his or her life. Most people with bipolar II disorder suffer more...

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Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on October 27, 2014

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