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How long do symptoms of bipolar 2 depression last?

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Posted on Sat, 19 Jul 2014
Question: How long does the symptons of bipolar 2 depression last . It now has been 5 weeks , on seroquel.
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Answered by Dr. Abhishek Kapoor (15 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Could stay for nine months

Detailed Answer:
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Thanks for using healthcare magic. I, Dr Abhishek Kapoor, would help you in this query.

Usually depressive or manic episodes last around nine months, but it few cases even longer. If you have bipolar 2 depression, in that case, duration would depend upon severity of episode and could last for more than nine months. You should take seroquel regularly. That would help to come out of depression.

In case, you need further help, you can ask.

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Dr. Abhishek Kapoor
Psychiatrist
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Nine months with Seroquel or without Seroquel?? Is there anything else I could use or do to reduce the symptons ??
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Answered by Dr. Abhishek Kapoor (4 hours later)
Brief Answer:
You can also try some mood stabilizer

Detailed Answer:
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In bipolar depression or any mental disorder, for maintenance, we have to give medicine for long duration, other wise, chances of relapse increases. Usually treatment period is around nine months and rest depends upon improvement. You have to take seroquel for minimum nine months. You can try some mood stabilizer like lithium or valoproate with seroquel. That would help to control symptoms in better way. Rest, you can discuss with your psychiatrist,

In case, you have more query, you can ask.

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Dr. Abhishek Kapoor
Psychiatrist
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How long do symptoms of bipolar 2 depression last?

Brief Answer: Could stay for nine months Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for using healthcare magic. I, Dr Abhishek Kapoor, would help you in this query. Usually depressive or manic episodes last around nine months, but it few cases even longer. If you have bipolar 2 depression, in that case, duration would depend upon severity of episode and could last for more than nine months. You should take seroquel regularly. That would help to come out of depression. In case, you need further help, you can ask. Regards Dr. Abhishek Kapoor Psychiatrist