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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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Balancing Bipolar Disorder

Karen Renken was just 14, but she knew something was terribly wrong. "I was a straight-A student, and suddenly I started failing in school," says Renken, now 45, of Long Island, N.Y. At high school, she would go from enjoying a seemingly normal mood to throwing a tantrum in the hallway. Her teenage response to normal requests, such as her mother's plea to pick up after herself, was dramatic. She would, she says, "shriek like a maniac." Renken was sent to a psychiatrist, who prescribed an antidepressant,...

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Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on October 02, 2012

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