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Treatments for Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a lifelong condition, so it requires lifelong treatment, even when the affected person feels fine. Treatment is usually guided by a psychiatrist or other mental health professional skilled in treating bipolar disorder. Treatment may include a combination of medication, therapy, and other treatments that may be necessary, such as rehabilitation from substance abuse.

Psychiatrists typically recommend medications as initial treatment to balance moods and control symptoms as quickly as possible. Once symptoms are under control, maintenance treatment is needed to manage bipolar disorder in the long term. Maintenance treatment is very important; without it, risk of relapse is higher, and there’s a greater chance that minor mood swings can turn into full-blown mania or depression.

Bipoloar Disorder Medications

Anticonvulsants

Anticonvulsants are primarily used to treat disorders like epilepsy, but many have been found to be effective in regulating the mood swings.

Antidepressants

Discover the role of antidepressants are proven useful in combatting depression and treating bipolar disorder.

Antipsychotics

Antipsychotics are a class of drugs normally associated with treating mental disorders like schizophrenia, but they have been found to be useful for treating bipolar disorder as well.

Benzodiazepines

Discover why a class of drugs used to help curb insomnia and anxiety has become an important component of an effective bipolar treatment regimen.

Lithium

Approved in the United States in the 1970s, lithium remains one of the most widely used and effective treatments for bipolar disorder.

Supplements

Discover the role of certain vitamins and other supplements, including B vitamins, St. John's Wort, kava, and ginkgo in the treatment of bipolar disorder.

Bipolar Disorder Therapies

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a type of therapy designed to change thoughts and behaviors through exploration.

Pyschotherapy

While its name doesn't sound delightful, psychotherapy is one of the most popular forms of treatment for all mental conditions.

Therapist Visit Guide

Use this guide to get the most out of your next visit with your therapist to ensure you're making the most out of your time.

Family Therapy

Family therapy can limit the stress between sufferers of bipolar disorder and their friends and family.

Group Therapy

Discover the role of group therapy in helping sufferers of bipolar disorder as well as their friends and family deal with this erratic condition.

Bipolar Disorder Treatments

Sleep

Discover the dangers of not getting enough sleep and how to get better sleep if you’re suffering from bipolar disorder.

Hospitalization

There are occasions when more help is going to be needed than what the normal treatment regimen can provide. This is where hospitalization may become necessary.

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Learn about five features of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), widely considered a safe and effective treatment of bipolar disorder.

Massage

Stress-reducing massage can be a valuable contribution to the overall treatment of bipolar disorder.

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