Bipolar Disorder is often Diagnosed after a Failed Trial with Anti-Depressant Medication

By: Judy Gurfein

Often failure of a depressed individual to respond to antidepressant medication signals that the patient is actually suffering from the depressive stage of a bipolar disorder. When a patient who is depressed takes an antidepressant medication, the patient usually reports less depression, increased motivation, improved mood, and reduced anxiety. However, if the patient actually has bipolar disorder and appears to be depressed because he or she is in the depressed phase of a bipolar disorder, the antidepressant will often result in increased anxiety and increased agitation, with no improvement in depressive symptoms. This should be a signal that the patient probably has bipolar disorder and not unipolar depression. Appropriate medication should then be prescribed which will reduce the depressive symptoms but which will not increase agitation, anger or other symptoms of mania.


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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