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Doctors usually treat bipolar disorder in young people the same way they treat it in adults. They use medications called mood stabilizers, which include anticonvulsants such as:

Atypical antipsychotic medications can also stabilize mood. They include:

Sometimes, doctor prescribe a combination of drugs, such as a mood stabilizer and an antidepressant.

  • Carbamazepine (Tegretol)
  • Lamotrigine (Lamicta)
  • Lithium
  • Oxcarbazepine (Trileptal)
  • Valproate (Depakote)  
  • Aripiprazole (Abilify)
  • Asenapine (Saphris)
  • Lurasidone (Latuda)
  • Quetiapine (Seroquel)
  • Risperidone (Risperdal)

From: Bipolar Disorder or ADHD? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder."  "Child and Adolescent Bipolar Disorder."

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Facts for Families #10: "Teen Suicide."

American Psychiatric Association. , 5th Ed. (DSM-V),  The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 08, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder."  "Child and Adolescent Bipolar Disorder."

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Facts for Families #10: "Teen Suicide."

American Psychiatric Association. , 5th Ed. (DSM-V),  The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 08, 2018

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