Lithium

Lithium remains one of the most widely used and effective treatments for bipolar disorder.

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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.

Supplements

There are some nutritional supplements that can help your health overall, but certain ones may help your moods with bipolar disorder.

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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.

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