Lithium, anticonvulsants and suicidal behavior in bipolar disorder.

  title={Lithium, anticonvulsants and suicidal behavior in bipolar disorder.},
  author={Boghos I Yerevanian and Ralph J. Koek and Jim Mintz},
  journal={Journal of affective disorders},
  volume={73 3},
BACKGROUND Lithium has been found to be effective in reducing suicide rates during long term treatment of patients with bipolar disorders. Data on the efficacy of anticonvulsant mood stabilizers in reducing suicide risk are sparse. METHOD Charts of 140 bipolar patients treated continuously for a minimum of 6 months during a 23-year period of private practice by the senior author were extracted from nearly 4000 patient records. Data extracted from the charts were incidence of completed suicide… CONTINUE READING

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