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How do doctors treat the mania symptoms of bipolar disorder?

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Doctors sometimes treat the mania symptoms of bipolar disorder with one set of drugs and the depression symptoms with another, although some mood-stabilizing drugs are effective at treating both kinds of symptoms. Certain drugs are also used for "maintenance" to maintain a steady mood. Antidepressants are usually not used alone because they sometimes cause manic attacks in depressed patients, and they may be less effective for treating bipolar than unipolar depression.

From: Bipolar Disorder Treatment Overview WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institute of Mental Health: "Step-BD Womens Studies." 

Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic & Research Program. 

MedicineNet: "Bipolar Disorder (Mania)." 

American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Bipolar Disorder."

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Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 08, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Step-BD Womens Studies." 

Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic & Research Program. 

MedicineNet: "Bipolar Disorder (Mania)." 

American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Bipolar Disorder."

Sonovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 08, 2017

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