Anti-Depressant Medication and Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder is a difficult diagnosis to make at any age. In childhood, it is often misdiagnosed as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). It is often difficult to diagnose bipolar disorder at any age in particular, because the first episode often appears as depression. Should an episode of depression occur before the age of 30, this should be considered.

Failure of symptoms of depression to improve with antidepressant medication might indicate that the individual may actually be suffering from bipolar disorder and not a unipolar depression (Major Depressive Disorder). After several trials of antidepressants, consideration should be given to medications used for bipolar disorder. Responses to these medications often help make the proper diagnosis.

If you or a loved one live in Manhattan or Bergen County New Jersey and might be suffering from bipolar disorder or depression, the psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners or psychotherapists at Arista Counseling can assist you. Contact our Bergen County, NJ or Manhattan offices of psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 to set up an appointment.  Visit for more information


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