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Are there any over-the-counter sleep aides that a person can take who has bipolar disorder and is having difficulty sleeping? Person takes lithium, benztropine, risperdal, clonazepam.

Are there any over-the-counter sleep aides that a person can take who has bipolar disorder and is having difficulty sleeping? Person takes lithium, benztropine, risperdal, clonazepam.

With : With input from your psychiatrist, you could consider use of melatonin at a starting dose of 3mg per night. Please speak with your psychiatrist about taking any over the counter medications or any herbal or supplemental remedies. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Is lithium an effective treatment for bipolar disorder?

Is lithium an effective treatment for bipolar disorder?

Yes: In fact, lithium is probably the best/most studied medication for the treatment of bipolar disorder. It is very effective in many but not all cases. It has been shown to be the most effective treatment for suicidality. It can be safe and effective, especially for bipolar i disorder or a manic episode. ...Read more

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Can there be any way you can compel someone by law to seek treatment for bipolar disorder?

Can there be any way you can compel someone by law to seek treatment for bipolar disorder?

States differ: States differ in their laws for mental health treatment when the patient refuses it. Some have a civil commitment process that can be instituted if the person is dangerous to self or others, or is too ill to care for self. Check with your state psychiatric society -- they can tell you how such situations are handled locally. ...Read more

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When a patient should consider a second opinion in treatment for bipolar disorder?

A second opinion: Is always okay. If you don't have confidence in your doctor or your treatment is not working, check with another doctor. If it is just that you don't like the diagnosis, talk to your doctor about that. Even then, a second opinion might help reassure you that the diagnosis and treatment are correct. Staying with medication and psychotherapy is usually essential for bipolar dis. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for bipolar disorder?

What is the treatment for bipolar disorder?

Meds plus therapy: In my practice, i generally treat my bipolar patients with a combination of an antipsychotic medication plus a mood stabilizer. Both my experience and the clinical research indicates that in general, that combination of medications give the patient the best chance of sustainable stability and remission. Sometimes other medications help, such as sleep medicines or antidepressants. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for bipolar disorder ?

What is the treatment for bipolar disorder ?

Medication/PsychT: Medication and psychotherapy both help with bipolar disorder in different ways. Medication will help with mood fluctuations and psychotherapy will help with symptom recognition and prevention as well as establishing routine/schedule, improving sleep, coping with the diagnosis of bipolar and looking for the triggers of mood swings. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for bipolar disorder ?

What is the best treatment for bipolar disorder ?

General question: This is a very general question, there are several types of bipolar disorder & treatment must be individualized. Generally, mood stabilizing medication is used to prevent severe mood episodes including manic episodes as in Bipolar I Disorder. However, psychotherapy to ensure success in medication treatment and life goals is important as well. Non compliance can be disastrous. ...Read more

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Could it be bad not to have treatment for bipolar disorder?

Yes. : Untreated bipolar disorder can be very devastating as it can affect all ares of one's functioning, including relationships, jobs, and physical health. ...Read more

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Is lithium still a first line treatment for bipolar disorder?

Is lithium still a first line treatment for bipolar disorder?

It is more like: a second line treatment,but it has been used first line in certain people. A psychiatrist should prescribe it. Have you been on it before??? Did it work for you? ...Read more

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Do you have any specific recommendations for dealing with the weight gain that results from treatment for bipolar disorder?

Do you have any specific recommendations for dealing with the weight gain that results from treatment for bipolar disorder?

Good care works: Very few if any of my patients with bipolar disorder, or for that matter, any psychiatric illness, gain weight as a result of their treatment. There are no calories in the medications, and they do not cause cravings. Some patients fidget less and burn fewer calories, others eat quite a bit more than before, and some others stop exercising. Watch your food portions and restrict processed carbs. ...Read more

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How can I talk to my spouse into getting treatment for bipolar disorder?

How can I talk to my spouse into getting treatment for bipolar disorder?

Use abilify (aripiprazole) commerc: Can can use an ability commercial as a talking point treats bipolar depression take a internet personality test together. ...Read more

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Is tegretol still a viable treatment for bipolar disorder..I've been on 600mg for 3 years but seems to be losing effectiveness.

Is tegretol still a viable treatment for bipolar disorder..I've been on 600mg for 3 years but seems to be losing effectiveness.

Yes: Tegretol is still used to treat manic depressive disorder. If treatment is ineffective a blood level should be drawn to ensure the dose is therapeutic. If the dose is therapeutic then consideration should be given to changing medication or identifying other factors that are negatively affecting treatment outcome. ...Read more

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Teen with bipolar disorder, treatment?

Teen with bipolar disorder, treatment?

Recommend: Working with a child psychiatrist. Psychiatric medications are often required. Individual therapy (ie. Cognitive behavioratherapy or psychotherapy) and family therapy are usually indicated. Group therapy may be benificial and inpatient psychiatric treatment may be needed in some cases. ...Read more

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Are there any natural treatment therapies used for bipolar disorder?

Are there any natural treatment therapies used for bipolar disorder?

Fish oil: There is some research on high dose fish oil for treatment of bipolar disorder. There are also natural products with a proprietary formulation of a vitamins and minerals. Here's a useful article on web md reviewing supplements: http://www.Webmd.Com/bipolar-disorder/guide/bipolar-disorder-supplements recommend: get definitive control with conventional meds first, then investigate natural. ...Read more

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Why is lithium no longer considered the gold standard for the treatment of bipolar disorder?

Why is lithium no longer considered the gold standard for the treatment of bipolar disorder?

New treatments: Lithium has several dangerous adverse effects, if not monitored closely. New medications and therapeutic approaches have been developed and progress has been made. However, a role for Lithium in some cases of otherwise unresponsive manic-depressive psychosis remains. ...Read more

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Does bipolar NOS usually require medical treatment or is it a very mild form of bipolar disorder that normally requires no medication?

Does  bipolar NOS usually require medical treatment or is it a very mild form of bipolar disorder that normally requires no medication?

No: I agree with Dr. Tansky's response indicating that the designation NOS has nothing to do with the seriousness of the illness and that medication may still be required. ...Read more

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Which treatment works the best and fastest for bipolar disorder?

Which treatment works the best and fastest for bipolar disorder?

Lithium: Lithium is still the best treatment for bipolar disorder. Unfortunately it has many side effects. Valproic acid (depakote) has been more commonly used over the past 20 years, because it has fewer side effects. More recently, Lamotrigine (lamictal) has proven very effective, but is not usually first-line due to a rare but potentially serious rash. ...Read more

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What are your treatment options for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia?

Treatment Options: Bipolar disorder Tx Meds fall into classes of mood stabilizers (Lithium?/ anticonvulsants like valproic acid, divalproex or lamotrigine) & atypical antipsychotics (Quetiapine, aripiprazole, olanzapine or risperidone). Schizophrenia is treated with antipsychotics.Other tx: psychoeducation, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy & family or group therapy. ...Read more

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