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Mood Disorders with Psychosis

My husband was diagnosed last weekend and was put on Teva-Olanzapine on an as needed bases. The problem is he often doesn't realize he is going into what we call a "tailspin". He is averaging maybe 1 good day in between a week or more of bad days. Should he be on something more permanent and what can I do as a wife to help him get through this and get through it myself? Anyone who can relate or help, I'd appreciate hearing from.
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replied April 30th, 2011

Mood Disorder with Psychosis does need a combination of medication quite often. Olanzapine may not be sufficient. Olanzapine is known to have effects on mood, however, it is not the first line treatment for a mood disorder. You might consider talking with the doctor about adding a mood stabilizer (if the mood disorder is bipolar). Olanzapine may be withdrawn gradually once the psychosis is treated. The mood stabilizer will remain as the mainstay of his treatment.

This is a suggestion. You can talk with his doctor regarding this.

Take care.

Abhijeet Deshmukh, MD

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