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How to Manage Your Medications
Medications

How to Manage Your Medications

People who have bipolar disorder usually take many pills every day. Here are ways to make sure you take the …Read the Rest

Bipolar Medication Non-Adherence Issues
Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Medication Non-Adherence Issues

Many people with bipolar stop taking their medications at some point in their treatment. This is a reality that patients, …Read the Rest

Medications Used to Treat Bipolar Disorder
Anti-Anxiety

Medications Used to Treat Bipolar Disorder

A cornerstone in the successful treatment of Bipolar Disorder is medication. Currently, there are dozens and dozens of medications approved for treating this disorder. There are also several medications used as an off-label treatment for bipolar disorder. Body chemistry and medication sensitive differ from person to person so there isn’t one specific medication that works for everyone and often several different medications are used together to treat bipolar disorder. This is known as a cocktail among bipolar sufferers and mental health professionals. The most common cocktail consists of mood stabilizers and anti-depressants.

Treatment for Bipolar Disorder
Alternative Treatments

Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a chronic condition, much like diabetes. Because periods of remission are sometimes complete, but are often complicated by persistent symptoms, bipolar illness requires preventive maintenance treatment as well as acute treatment, ongoing medication management, and close monitoring during periods of remission. Left untreated, it tends to get worse, and the symptoms can become more pronounced. Recognition and diagnosis of the disorder in its earliest stages is important, so that the ill person can receive effective treatment and avoid the potentially harmful consequences of repeated episodes. Although bipolar disorder is described primarily as a mood disorder, episodes of illness produce significant changes in a wide range of areas, including thinking and judgment, speech, activity, energy, sleep, and ability to maintain relationships with others. The use of alcohol and other drugs is common during an episode and can complicate recovery between episodes.

Understanding Treatment for Bipolar Disorder
Alternative Treatments

Understanding Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

While drug treatment is primary, ongoing psychotherapy is important to help patients understand and accept the personal and social disruptions of past episodes and better cope with future ones. In addition, since denial is often a problem, routine psychotherapy helps patients stay on their medications. (Patient compliance is particularly tricky in adolescence.) Almost all forms of psychotherapy can be used — cognitive, behavioral, or psychodynamic; individual, family, or group therapy.

Medications Used to Treat Bipolar Disorder
Anti-Anxiety

Medications Used to Treat Bipolar Disorder

A cornerstone in the successful treatment of Bipolar Disorder is medication. Currently, there are dozens and dozens of medications approved for treating this disorder. There are also several medications used as an off-label treatment for bipolar disorder. Body chemistry and medication sensitive differ from person to person so there isn’t one specific medication that works for everyone and often several different medications are used together to treat bipolar disorder. This is known as a cocktail among bipolar sufferers and mental health professionals. The most common cocktail consists of mood stabilizers and anti-depressants.

Treatment for Bipolar Disorder
Alternative Treatments

Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a chronic condition, much like diabetes. Because periods of remission are sometimes complete, but are often complicated by persistent symptoms, bipolar illness requires preventive maintenance treatment as well as acute treatment, ongoing medication management, and close monitoring during periods of remission. Left untreated, it tends to get worse, and the symptoms can become more pronounced. Recognition and diagnosis of the disorder in its earliest stages is important, so that the ill person can receive effective treatment and avoid the potentially harmful consequences of repeated episodes. Although bipolar disorder is described primarily as a mood disorder, episodes of illness produce significant changes in a wide range of areas, including thinking and judgment, speech, activity, energy, sleep, and ability to maintain relationships with others. The use of alcohol and other drugs is common during an episode and can complicate recovery between episodes.