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How are benzodiazepines used to treat bipolar II disorder?

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This class of drugs includes alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium), and lorazepam (Ativan). You may hear them called minor tranquilizers. Doctors may use them to get short-term control of sudden symptoms of hypomania, such as insomnia or agitation.

SOURCES:
Moore, D. Handbook of Medical Psychiatry, Mosby, 2004.
National Institute of Mental Health web site: "Bipolar Disorder."
Medical News Today: "Study Identifies Predictors Of Bipolar Disorders Risk."
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: "Bipolar Disorder -- What Increases Your Risk."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on April 14, 2020

SOURCES:
Moore, D. Handbook of Medical Psychiatry, Mosby, 2004.
National Institute of Mental Health web site: "Bipolar Disorder."
Medical News Today: "Study Identifies Predictors Of Bipolar Disorders Risk."
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: "Bipolar Disorder -- What Increases Your Risk."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on April 14, 2020

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