Predictors of bipolar disorder risk among patients currently treated for major depression
Depressive Disorder, Major
Almost 20% of patients with AD nonresponsive unipolar depression screened positive for BPD and the number of past medication trials had no effect on bipolarity. This suggests that clinicians should carefully screen for BPD in patients who have failed at least 1 antidepressant. Comorbid anxiety, feelings of people being unfriendly, recent depression diagnosis, BPD family history, and legal problems may prove useful indicators of BPD risk among patients who have failed at least 1 antidepressant. Future studies are needed to confirm that these risk factors are useful clinical variables to screen for bipolarity.