, Volume 13, Issue 6, pp 513-521

New Drugs for Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar disorder (BD) is one of the most potentially severe mental disorders. Literature data indicate that despite the current available treatments, a large proportion of patients do not achieve complete remission, with consequent residual symptoms and chronic impairment. We carried out a comprehensive review of new pharmacologic treatments for BD. Even though the core treatment of BD likely will not likely undergo substantial changes over the next few years, many promising results with respect to new augmentation strategies were identified. New treatments for bipolar depression and for BD-related cognitive impairment seem to represent particularly fertile areas of research.