Objective. As polypharmacy is routinely used for the treatment of bipolar disorder, the relation between the daily number of psychotropic medications and self-reported mood was investigated. Method. Eighty patients (35 men and 45 women) with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder I or II, recruited from academic centres, entered their mood, sleep, and psychotropic medications for 3 months into ChronoRecord software. A total of 8662 days of data was received (mean 114.7 days/per patient). Results. Seventy-nine patients took a mean of 3.8 medications daily (SD 1.7; range 1-9); one took none. Of these patients, 73 (92.4%) took mood stabilizers, 47 (58.8%) took antidepressants, 31 (38.8%) took antipsychotics, 34 (42.5%) took benzodiazepines and 17 (21.1%) took thyroid hormones. Patients reporting normal mood more frequently took fewer medications; the Pearson correlation coefficient between the number of medications and the percent of days normal was -0.481 (P?
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