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Featured article: Controversies in bipolar disorder; role of second-generation antipsychotic for maintenance therapy

In this review, Sameer Jauhar and Allan Young discuss disagreements around using second generation antipsychotics (SGA) for the maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder. SGA are also called atypical antipsychotics and are typically used for psychotic disorders. Their use for the acute treatment of manic episodes is well established, but they are also used for maintenance treatment in bipolar disorder, as monotherapy or adjunctive therapy, or to treat acute depressive episodes.

This is less supported by evidence, and more controversial due to side effects and limited long-term efficacy data. This is particularly the case for prevention of depressive episodes, where they appear to be less effective.


  1. Content type: Letter to the Editor


    Authors: Manuel E Fuentes Salgado, Bruce Sutor, Robert C Albright and Mark A Frye

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Indexing announcement

International Journal of Bipolar Disorders has been accepted for indexing in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) by Clarivate Analytics and is expected to receive its first Impact Factor in the summer of 2019. 

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Thematic Series: Controversies in Bipolar Disorders

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While pharmacotherapy and other biological treatment options form the foundation for successful treatment of bipolar disorder for more than seven decades, several therapeutic interventions are still controversial and sometimes its applications may differ across continents, countries or clinical settings quite significantly. This collection of articles aims to present four areas of controversy and uncertainty in bipolar disorder seeking to identify reasons for some of the dilemmas and future solutions to it. Read the series here.

Aims and scope

International Journal of Bipolar Disorders is a peer-reviewed, open access online journal publishing contributions from the broad range of clinical, psychological and biological research in bipolar disorders. It collaborates with the International Group for the study of Lithium Treated Patients (IGSLi) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Bipolare Störungen (DGBS), and serves as the official journal of these organisations. International Journal of Bipolar Disorders invites clinicians and researchers from around the globe to submit original research articles, short research communications, reviews, guidelines, case reports, study protocols and letters to the editor that help to enhance understanding of bipolar disorders. The journal makes all articles freely available to researchers worldwide, ensuring maximum dissemination of content. Content is published online continuously to provide timely communication to the community and keep publication times to a minimum.

Society affiliation

International Journal of Bipolar Disorders is affiliated with IGSLI (International Group for The Study of Lithium Treated Patients)


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