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Can atypical antipsychotic medications help treat bipolar disorder?

John Preston, PsyD
Psychology
Although atypical antipsychotic medications are highly effective in treating psychotic symptoms, it has been found that they are also good treatments for mania, agitation, and aggression. The antipsychotic Seroquel also treats bipolar depression. Thus, these medications are currently being widely used to treat bipolar disorder, even in individuals who have no psychotic symptoms.

Atypical antipsychotic medications used to treat mania can begin to reduce severe agitation within a few hours to a few days. However, the onset of effects when treating more pronounced manic symptoms is similar to that seen with mood stabilizers such as lithium and anticonvulsants (seven to ten days or longer).
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