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Mood Disorders & Affective Disorders

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A 38-year-old woman with bipolar disorder has been stable on lithium for the past 2 years. She comes to her psychiatrist’s office in tears after a 2-week history of a depressed mood, poor concentration, loss of appetite, and passive suicidal ideation. Which of the following steps should the psychiatrist take next?



A Start the patient on a second mood stabilizer

B Start the patient on a long-acting benzodiazepine

C Stop the lithium and start an antidepressant

D Start an antidepressant and continue the lithium

Ans. D Start an antidepressant and continue the lithium

Pt is maintained on mood stabilizer and develops depression , so add antidepressant along with lithium. If lithium is stopped pt will switch into mania .

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