TREATING BIPOLAR DEPRESSION: updated 5/26/2016
Depression that occurs in someone who is bipolar is more complicated to treat than unipolar depression. Optimal treatment often requires several medications—even 5 or 6 or more. Rarely will one medication suffice. Antidepressants should be avoided if at all possible: they may initially help, but then the person is having more depressions than ever for the next year.
Bipolar patients include:
#1: Bipolar I Disorder: the highs (manias) are so severe that the patient was hospitalized for one, or should have been,
#2: Bipolar II Disorder: the highs