Comparing the effectiveness of mood stabilizers and antidepressants for bipolar depression treatment: a retrospective chart review

Altinbas, K., Oral, T.E., Smith, D. and Craddock, N. (2010) Comparing the effectiveness of mood stabilizers and antidepressants for bipolar depression treatment: a retrospective chart review. Journal of Psychiatry and Neurological Sciences, 23(2), pp. 115-120.

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Abstract

Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of antidepressants on recovery in bipolar depression. Method: The most recent depressive episode of patients with DSM-IV Bipolar Disorder, recruited from a specialized mood disorder outpatient unit in Turkey, were evaluated retrospectively. Thirty-four patients, only received mood stabilizer titration or did not change their current treatment regimens and thirty patients, treated with an antidepressant agent were compared on rates of recurrence and time to remission. Results: One third of patients in each group were taking at least one mood stabilizer during their depressive episodes. Mood stabilizer levels were similar in each group and were within therapeutic limits. There were no significant differences between groups on rates of recurrence or time to remission. Conclusions: In this preliminary retrospective study, patients with bipolar depression who were treated with antidepressants did not have a better outcome than patients who received no antidepressants.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Smith, Professor Daniel
Authors: Altinbas, K., Oral, T.E., Smith, D., and Craddock, N.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Journal of Psychiatry and Neurological Sciences
ISSN:1300-8773

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