The Field Of Mental Health

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Introduction The field of mental health can be complicated as it involves patients that present with a variety of diagnosis, where every patient may get a different form of treatment and medication. One can say that mental health disorders can be convoluted as the psychiatrists are faced with the arduous task of prescribing medication, via trial and error. Particularly because irregularities are found between the use of antidepressants and bipolar disorder (Bauer et al., 2013). This writer was inspired first hand while having the privilege of fulfilling an internship at Riverside County Mental Health Emergency Services. During that time period, this writer had the opportunity to see different patients that presented acutely with various mental health diagnosis. One case, in particular, was captivating, as the patient, presented with an existing diagnosis of Bipolar 1 but in acute mania. The psychiatrist made a recommendation to start a mood stabilizer along with an anti-psychotic, and recommended avoiding the use antidepressants due to antidepressant-induced mania or rapid cycling. As Vasquez et al. (2013), “Opinions concerning the value of antidepressants to treat bipolar depression vary markedly and reflect the strikingly limited and inconsistent state of available research-based information” (Vasquez et al., 2013, p. 1674). This particular case left this writer thinking if there were any exceptions to the rules of the use of antidepressants when treating Bipolar
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