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Are anti-psychotics used in treating bipolar disorder?

Sheri Van Dijk
Psychiatry

Often a medication starts out being used for a specific condition, but researchers come to realize that it's also helpful in other ways. This is what's happened with the medications known as "anti-psychotics". While of course they are helpful in treating symptoms of psychosis, we've come to realize that some of them are also quite useful to treat anxiety, help with sleep, and stabilize mood.

So yes, anti-psychotics are used in treating bipolar disorder; but just because your doctor prescribes an anti-psychotic, doesn't mean that you have psychosis. If you're not sure, ask your doctor. But anti-psychotics such as quetiapine, olanzapine, and aripiprazole (to name a few) are often used to stabilize mood - which is obviously useful in treating bipolar disorder, as well as other conditions.

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