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Individualizing Treatment Selection for Pediatric and Adult Patients With Bipolar Depression

Robert L. Findling, MD, MBAa, and Joseph F. Goldberg, MDb

Published: October 12, 2021

Approximately 60% of patients with bipolar disorder who present with depression are misdiagnosed as having recurrent unipolar depression, which may lead to inappropriate treatment and potential worsening of symptoms. Bipolar depression in youth has a negative effect on numerous domains of life. Early treatment is crucial, yet diagnosis is difficult. The standard of treatment often requires life-long psychopharmacologic management, and treatments have various adverse effects that should be considered when the clinician tailors the regimen for each patient. By facilitating effective communication with patients, referring to diagnostic criteria, and using assessment tools before diagnosis and as treatment continues, clinicians can identify indicators of the disorder, recommend individualized treatment, and help patients work toward greater success in relationships, at home, and at school or work.

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To cite: Findling RL, Goldberg JF. Individualizing treatment selection for pediatric and adult patients with bipolar depression. J Clin Psychiatry. 2021;82(6):SU20014AH3C
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aVirginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, Virginia
bIcahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York

Volume: 82

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