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How should I take antidepressants if I have bipolar disorder?

Most guidelines recommend an antidepressant only if in combination with a mood stabilizer (e.g. lithium, valproate) or antimanic agent for the treatment of Bipolar Depression since antidepressants alone may induce switching to mania or hypomania, mixed episodes, and rapid cycling. Current research is focused on finding better ways to treat this hard-to-treat phase of the disorder.

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