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What is the most typical treatment for bipolar disorder?

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Typically, bipolar disorder treatment consists of a combination of at least one mood-stabilizing drug and/or atypical antipsychotic, plus psychotherapy. The most widely used drugs for the treatment of bipolar disorder include lithium carbonate and valproic acid (also known as Depakote or generically as divalproex). Lithium carbonate can be remarkably effective in reducing mania, although doctors still do not know precisely how it works. Lithium may also prevent recurrence of depression, but its value seems greater against mania than depression. So it's usually given in conjunction with other medicines known to have greater value for depression symptoms, sometimes including antidepressants.

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American Psychiatry Association: 5.  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Kupfer, J. (editor). ., Current Psychiatry, 2004.  Bipolar Depression The Clinician's Reference Guide

Geddes, JR. , 2004.  American Journal of Psychiatry

McElroy SL. 2004. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 

Sidor, MM. 2012 Dec. Curr Psychiatry Rep.,

Tohen, M. , 2003Arch Gen Psychiatry

Tränkner, A. ., 2013.Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat

Salvi, V. , 2008. J. Clin Psychiatry

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 08, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Psychiatry Association: 5.  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Kupfer, J. (editor). ., Current Psychiatry, 2004.  Bipolar Depression The Clinician's Reference Guide

Geddes, JR. , 2004.  American Journal of Psychiatry

McElroy SL. 2004. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 

Sidor, MM. 2012 Dec. Curr Psychiatry Rep.,

Tohen, M. , 2003Arch Gen Psychiatry

Tränkner, A. ., 2013.Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat

Salvi, V. , 2008. J. Clin Psychiatry

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 08, 2017

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