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Battling the down side of bipolar disorder isn't easy. According to a recent national survey, 90 percent of people with bipolar depression admit that their symptoms interfere with daily life. To make matters worse, up to 20 percent of people who seek help for depression act...[read article]

Tests for Bipolar Disorder

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Psychological Analysis
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DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria
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A physical examination is a routine test your doctor performs to check your overall health. It is also known as a wellness check. A physical examination helps your ...  More
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Psychiatric Interview and Evaluation
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Neuropsychological Tests
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Prescribed Medications for Bipolar Disorder

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QUETIAPINE (kwe TYE a peen) is an antipsychotic. It is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depression.  More
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ARIPIPRAZOLE (ay ri PIP ray zole) is an atypical antipsychotic. It is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depression, and to treat...  More
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LITHIUM (LITH ee um) is used to prevent and treat the manic episodes caused by manic-depressive illness.  More
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CLOZAPINE (KLOE za peen) is used to treat schizophrenia. This medicine is only used when others have not worked. It has a risk of serious side effects and is only a...  More
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THIORIDAZINE (thye oh RID a zeen) is used to treat schizophrenia. This medicine should only be used when other medications have not worked, because it can cause ser...  More
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RISPERIDONE (ris PER i done) is an antipsychotic. It is used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and some symptoms of autism.  More
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OLANZAPINE (oh LAN za peen) is used to treat schizophrenia, psychotic disorders, and bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is also known as manic-depression.  More
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FLUOXETINE (floo OX e teen) belongs to a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It helps to treat mood problems such as depression...  More
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SERTRALINE (SER tra leen) is used to treat depression. It may also be used to treat obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, post-trauma stress, premenstrual ...  More
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TOPIRAMATE (toe PYRE a mate) is used to treat seizures in adults or children with epilepsy. It is also used for the prevention of migraine headaches.  More
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DIVALPROEX SODIUM (dye VAL pro ex SO dee um) is used to prevent seizures caused by some forms of epilepsy. It is also used to treat bipolar mania and to prevent mig...  More
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This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.  More
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PAROXETINE (pa ROX e teen) is used to treat depression. It may also be used to treat anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic attacks, post traumatic...  More
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This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.  More
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CARBAMAZEPINE (kar ba MAZ e peen) is used to control seizures caused by certain types of epilepsy. This medicine is also used to treat nerve related pain. It is not...  More
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VENLAFAXINE (VEN la fax een) is used to treat depression, anxiety and panic disorder.  More
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LAMOTRIGINE (la MOE tri jeen) is used to control seizures in adults and children with epilepsy.  More
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HALOPERIDOL (ha loe PER i dole) is used to treat schizophrenia. This medicine is also used to control tics and vocal outbursts in patients with Tourette's synd...  More
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VALPROIC ACID (val PROE ik AS id) is used to treat certain types of seizures in patients with epilepsy.  More
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ESCITALOPRAM (es sye TAL oh pram) is used to treat depression and certain types of anxiety.  More
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LOXAPINE (LOX a peen) is used to treat schizophrenia. This medicine can help you to keep in touch with reality and reduce your mental problems.  More
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FLUVOXAMINE (floo VOX a meen) is an antidepressant. It is used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder.  More
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ZIPRASIDONE (zi PRAY si done) is used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depression.  More
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OXCARBAZEPINE (ox car BAZ e peen) is used to treat people with epilepsy. It helps prevent partial seizures.  More
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ISOCARBOXAZID (eye soe kar BOX azid) is an monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI). It is used to treat depression.  More
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PERPHENAZINE (per FEN a zeen) is used to treat schizophrenia. It also is used to treat severe nausea and vomiting in adults.  More
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FLUPHENAZINE (floo FEN a zeen) helps to treat disordered thoughts and some other emotional, nervous, and mental problems.  More
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TRIFLUOPERAZINE (trye floo oh PER a zeen) is used to treat schizophrenia. This medicine may also be used for the short-term treatment of anxiety.  More
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This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.  More
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This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.  More
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FLUOXETINE; OLANZAPINE (floo OX e teen; oh LAN za peen) is used to treat episodes of depression that have not been relieved by the use of other medicines and depres...  More
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Medical Procedures for Bipolar Disorder

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Cognitive Behavior Therapy
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Psychotherapy is an interactive process between a person and a qualified mental health professional (psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical social worker, licensed co...  More
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Family Psychotherapy
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Interpersonal Therapy
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Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a treatment for certain mental illnesses. During this therapy a precise, timed electrical current is passed through a patient...  More
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Psychotherapy is an interactive process between a person and a qualified mental health professional (psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical social worker, licensed co...  More
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Group Psychotherapy
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Psychological Counseling
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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
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Alternative Procedures for Bipolar Disorder What's this?

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Biofeedback is a purported technique for helping an individual become conscious of otherwise unconscious body processes. Through conveying information about blood p...  More
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The practice of acupuncture originated in China 5,000 years ago. Today it is widely used throughout the world and is one of the main pillars of Chinese medicine. Th...  More
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Herbs and Supplements for Bipolar Disorder What's this?

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Melatonin is a hormone produced in the brain by the pineal gland from the amino acid tryptophan. The synthesis and release of melatonin are stimulated by darkness a...  More
Efficacy Grade C
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Dietary sources of omega-3 fatty acids include fish oil and certain plant/nut oils. Fish oil contains both docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA...  More
Efficacy Grade C
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