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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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Mixed Bipolar Episodes

Mixed episodes in bipolar disorder are a form of mental illness. In most forms of bipolar disorder, moods alternate between elevated and depressed over time. A person with mixed episodes experiences symptoms of both mood "poles" -- mania and depression -- simultaneously or in rapid sequence. 

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Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on October 27, 2014

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