Virtual Forum: Antidepressant Utilization In Bipolar Disorder: What Is The Evidence?
Location: Online Via PsychU.org
Description: Depressive episodes are a major feature across the course of bipolar disorder and may frequently cause functional impairment.1 Antidepressants are often prescribed to treat depressive episodes during the course of bipolar disorder in patients, though guidelines state that conservative utilization is necessary as antidepressants may induce mania or rapid cycling.2 In this upcoming virtual forum, Gary Sachs, MD, and Joseph Goldberg, MD, will discuss a fictional bipolar disorder case study, focusing on hypothetical clinical decision points whereby the utilization of antidepressants may be considered as a treatment option. Speakers are paid consultants of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.
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1 McInerney, S.J, & Kennedy, S.H. (2014). Review of evidence for use of antidepressants in bipolar depression. The Primary Care Companion for CNS Disorders, 16(5), 10.4088/PCC.14r01653.
2 Cascade, E. F., Reites, J., Kalali, A. H., & Ghaemi, N. (2007). Antidepressants in bipolar disorder. Psychiatry (Edgmont), 4(3), 56–58.