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Atypical Antidepressants for Bipolar Disorder

Newer "atypical" antidepressants work differently than other available drugs. Currently, only quetiapine and olanzapine, in combination with the antidepressant fluoxetine (Prozac), are approved by the FDA to treat bipolar depression. But some evidence suggests others may also play a role in treating depression in bipolar disorder.

 

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Bipolar Disorder and Self-Injury

People with bipolar disorder, depression, and other mood disorders often have episodes when they feel extremely sad, hopeless, anxious, or confused. When these emotions get too intense, the person may struggle with how to cope with overwhelming emotions, and for some people, efforts at coping with distress may take the form of acts of self-injury. Self-injury, often including cutting, self-mutilation, or self-harm, is an injurious attempt to cope with overpowering negative emotions, such as extreme...

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Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on October 02, 2012

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