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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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    Because of increased awareness and diagnosis, more people than ever before have a basic understanding of bipolar disorder, the condition formally known as manic depression. Yet myths persist about this mental disorder that causes mood shifts from depression to mania and affects a person's energy and ability to function. WebMD asked five bipolar disorder experts to help unravel what's myth and what's fact. Read on for the eight common myths about bipolar they often hear from patients and the public...

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    Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on October 27, 2014

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