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Bipolar confusion worries medical experts

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Hey folks,


Firstly,  apologies for my lack of input since joining the site recently.  

I seem to be suffering a case of posting traumatic stress disorder  :huh:  (impending hypo may alleviate symptoms... god help you all)



In the meantime, I would welcome comments on the article linked below which I read today on a local Australian news site. (Hope the link works... I'm not too good on the techy stuff)


To be honest, the article has disturbed me a little,  and I'm wondering if it should have, or if its really nothing we didn't already know/suspect.


Thanks for any input.





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The article does not contain new info. The time to properly diagnose BP (2 especially) is 10 years. Not sure where that stat comes from but you read it a lot. DSM is changing and will make it easier to diagnose depression as BP2. My take is simple - if antidepressants work, cool. If they don't, try stabilizers. Label it whatever you want. I think DSM is just encouraging docs to trial stabilizers sooner than 10+ antidepressant failures.


I'm not so sure that there is a major distinction in treatments for BP1 and 2. Stabilizers work differently for different people and side effects can be a major factor. In the States, I think the new antipsychotics are becoming a more favored treatment. Lithium fell out of favor but is making a come back, or so I hear. Sorry. No sources. Maybe someone else will come along with them.

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