We update the research on antidepressants in bipolar disorder, and 18 experts weigh in on how they use these medications in bipolar II disorder in this podcast.
Category Archive: Controversies
Around 50 controlled trials have tested benzodiazepines in depression, and the results are surprising. In this episode we look at the controversies surrounding this research and what it means for practice.
When depression gets worse on an antidepressant, it doesn’t necessarily mean the patient has bipolar disorder or that […]
How do methylphenidate (Ritalin), modafinil (Provigil), and caffeine affect memory and attention? A new study compares them in healthy men.
There are at least 9 alternatives with at least as much evidence as antidepressants for effectiveness in bipolar […]
(updated 11/2014; continued from the main Antidepressant Controversies page) The bottom line: Switching into mania and hypomania happens on […]
Should you continue antidepressants or stop them in bipolar disorder? Here’s the research.
Can antidepressants stop working in bipolar disorder? Can they cause tolerance?Here’s the evidence.
Do antidepressants destabilize mood in bipolar disorder? It looks like they can, and here’s the evidence.
Antidepressants can cause mania, but how often they do depends on the study.
Antidepressants usually don’t work in bipolar disorder, but a few people respond well to them. It’s just hard to know who they are.
More than a few patients have heard me admit: “well, your drug is better than my drugs.” We’ve […]
Summary When a patient with bipolar disorder is taking an antidepressant, and the decision is made to stop […]
Revised 11/2014 The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raised a huge controversy when it required a […]
Altshuler and Ghaemi Psychiatric Times no longer offers the original, actual essays. For historical purposes these seemed worth saving. […]
Is there Some Evolutionary Advantage to Bipolar? Evolution did not select out bipolar disorder because the genes which […]
(Here’s a summary on the use of this agent in bipolar disorder). Update 2014: there was a lot […]
Summary Lithium orotate might be a good idea, especially for some people. It may have some risks too. […]