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ISSN: 1935-1232 (P)

ISSN: 1941-2010 (E)

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Abstract

The Importance of Screening for Osteoporosis in Mental Health Settings

Author(s): Marilyn J. Miller

Antiepileptic/anticonvulsant medications are used for the effective treatment of mood disorders. However, these medications have the potential to adversely affect bone health. While most research in the area of antiepileptics and osteoporosis has been done in patients being treated for seizure disorders, it is appropriate to apply these findings to patients being treated for mood disorders. The need to begin to study the prevalence of bone loss in routine care, to initiate screening for bone loss, and to develop protocols for monitoring is evident