So to counteract the mania they put her on ativan. Which causes crushing depression in some small percentage of people. After presenting our case to her psychiatrist he agreed that the drugs were causing the problems. and took her off the drugs.
So, yes these drugs do cause suicidal depression in some people.
Eventually she was put on a non-SSRI type drug Cymbalta that worked well for her. There is no reason why the patient should have to diagnose the problem. That's what the doctors are for. But they don't. They just prescribe more drugs.
My wife died of a seizure while in the hospital after one of these manic attacks. Turns out that her anti-seizure drugs were also mood stabilizers and as we adjusted her epilepsy drugs it unbalanced her cymbalta so she had a manic attack. A simple adjust of the cymbalta was called for but she died before that could be done.
John, how tragic. I am so sorry about your loss. It is good you were aware of her meds as much as you could be. I hear stories about how much people have been helped by these drugs, so I never toss the whole thing. But the variables are so compelling.