Drugs such as lithium can help the effects of mood swings that push and pull people through depression and even mania as a result of bipolar disorder. However, adding a common anti-depressant to the bipolar drug is not helpful to treat the depression.
Extremely depressed people, who suffer from manic depression or hypomanic depression, can become disabled due to the severity of their bipolar disorder. People can stop functioning normally, become suicidal, weak, extremely suspicious, and even acquire strange phobias for short periods of time. Many times these mood and behavior changes can be controlled with lithium. Doctors also tend to prescribe basic antidepressants to treat depression, no matter how severe. But now a new study finds that these antidepressants are not helpful, and can ever make depression and severe mood swings worse.
A huge link to this discovery is that the benefits of using common antidepressants in treating depression associated with bipolar disorder have been rarely research. A common un-researched hypothesis believes that these anti-depressants drugs could actually trigger mania. But a lot of has to do with mis-diagnosis of depression inside of bipolar disorder or putting patients on low doses of antidepressants.
Although anti-depressants could possibly make bipolar disorder and bipolar depression worse, the most common result scientists and health researchers found was that the antidepressants did not work at all. The study these scientists did included 366 bipolar patients with bipolar depression. Half of the patients received lithium-like mood stabilizing drugs with a common antidepressant. The other half received the lithium-like drug and a placebo instead of the antidepressant. The study lasted exactly 26 weeks.
Although this study and its findings have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine in addition to being peer reviewed by other health researchers and scientists, it is unlikely that the findings will impact the the opinions of physicians with bipolar patients. Physicians argue that antidepressants do more good than harm and helps patients even if the antidepressant does not medically help.
If you believe you or someone you know has bipolar disorder, you should see your doctor immediately or have that person see a doctor. Bipolar can be lethal and should not be taken lightly. For more information on bipolar disorder see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bipolar_disorder or you can call 1-800-273-TALK. This number is for a suicide hot-line, but they can help you find a therapist and help for bipolar disorder.