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What are risks of taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants for bipolar disorder?

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SSRIs are a newer class of antidepressants that sometimes may be prescribed along with mood-stabilizing drugs for bipolar depression. For those people, SSRIs and other antidepressants can trigger mania, a period of excess energy, little sleep, and unusual good mood. In young people with bipolar disorder, the FDA advises watching for signs of worsening depression and suicidal thoughts. The FDA also recommends close watch over people who are prescribed antidepressants for bipolar disorder, especially at the start of treatment and during dose changes.

SOURCES: WebMD Medical Reference: "Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depressive Disorder)." WebMD Assess Plus: Bipolar Disorder Assessment. National Institute for Mental Health: "Step-BD Womens Studies."   Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic & Research Program. MedicineNet.com: "Bipolar Disorder (Mania)." WebMD Medical Reference: "Effects of Untreated Depression." American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Bipolar Disorder."






Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 4, 2017

SOURCES: WebMD Medical Reference: "Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depressive Disorder)." WebMD Assess Plus: Bipolar Disorder Assessment. National Institute for Mental Health: "Step-BD Womens Studies."   Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic & Research Program. MedicineNet.com: "Bipolar Disorder (Mania)." WebMD Medical Reference: "Effects of Untreated Depression." American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Bipolar Disorder."






Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 4, 2017

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