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bipolar II - Albert

Posted by Elizabeth on April 20, 1999, at 3:22:52

In reply to Re: Atypical depression, posted by Albert on April 19, 1999, at 19:19:30

Hi there Albert. You are right to be concerned: if you do have bipolar disorder - get the records from your old doc, the one who diagnosed you as bipolar II, and give them to your current one - there's a good chance that an antidepressant by itself will cause switching (into hypomania) or rapid-cycling.

The way to prevent this is, of course, with mood stabilizers. I know many people with bipolar II disorder who are functioning successfully on these combinations of meds - an antidepressant and a mood stabilizer, sometimes two mood stabilizers are needed, sometimes they can get by without an antidepressant (or using lithium as the antidepressant).

Good luck to you.




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