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A 61-year-old male asked about a 21-year-old male:

How to deal with bipolar patient?

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Dr. Raymond Coffin
Clinical Psychology 28 years experience
Understand & Treat: It is helpful both for the patient and those who care about them to develop an understanding of the signals that the symptoms are increasing. That helps us take things less personally, and the patient recognize it is important to focus on treatment. If the patient has stopped taking meds they need, encourage them to follow md orders.
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
Mood stabilizers: Mood stabilizers are used to treat bipolar disorder. Lithium and depakote would be two examples of mood stabilizers but there are others, depending on symptoms, and depending on what works for the patient.
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Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
They may not realize it & may need feedback from family & friends to guide them to seek professional help. If you have concerns about mental health please see a Clinical Psychologist with expertise in multiple forms of psychotherapy to have a thorough evaluation & help for symptoms & state of mind; & a Psychiatrist for medication if needed. Have a physical exam to rule out any underlying illness.
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Murrieta, CA
A 17-year-old female asked:

How do you deal with bipolar ?

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
Psychiatry 57 years experience
Bipolar Disorder: It is not clear if you are asking for yourself or a relative. At age 17, you are unlikely to have Bipolar Disorder. Bipolar Disorder has Manic episodes and Depressive episodes, at times alternating, and affecting functioning. Using Cocaine and Amphetamines can bring high mood state and while coming down- depressed state. See a Psychiatrist for yourself or family member for Diagnosis and Therapy.
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