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Mixed Depression Guidelines a Paradigm Shift
One third or more of adults diagnosed with major depression also have symptoms of hypomania or mania. In a paradigm shift, new guidelines suggest that patients with mixed features may gain more benefit from an antipsychotic than from an antidepressant.
In patients suffering from depression with mixed features, antidepressants alone typically don't work. They can actually worsen symptoms and even induce mania or suicidal thoughts. A referral to a psychiatrist may be needed to assist with diagnosis and treatment.
Clinicians are encouraged to think about the possibility of mixed features in all patients with depression. Monitor for signs of psychomotor acceleration. And remember, you won't know unless you ask about symptoms of mania or a family history of bipolar disorder.
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Cite this: Paradigm Shift in Depression: Can an Antidepressant Make Things Worse? - Medscape - Jun 02, 2017.