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What are some treatments for bipolar disorder?

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What are some treatments for bipolar disorder?

Bipolar: Main tx is mood stabilizers. Other medications are added depending on presentation, such as anxiety meds., antidepressants, antipsychotics. Also psychotherapy. ...Read more

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What are the latest treatments for bipolar disorder?

What are the latest treatments for bipolar disorder?

Alternatives to meds: Medications are essential but we have discovered that many alternative treatments help too like yoga, meditation, a light box and exercise and a good diet. ...Read more

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Are there treatments for bipolar disorder? What should I do?

Are there treatments for bipolar disorder? What should I do?

Yes, plenty: Yes, there are plenty of effective medical treatments for bipolar disorder. Psychotherapy is also an important aspect of treatment. Please see a psychiatrist for assessment and help. Or you can go to a local mental health center. You'll be able to provide your entire history, ask questions, and receive treatment recommendations tailored specifically to you. ...Read more

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Can you tell me treatments for bipolar disorder the advantages and disadvantages?

Can you tell me treatments for bipolar disorder the advantages and disadvantages?

It's a big list : Let me start off by saying that untreated bipolar disorder carries a very high risk of death. Whether that is from suicide, accidents, drug use, or many other causes relating directly or indirectly to the illness. I believe in some studies it was over 26% lifetime mortality risk. Which drops down dramatically to 1% which is comparable to the general population when it is treated. ...Read more

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Can you provide me with common of the alternative treatments for bipolar disorder?

Can you provide me with common of the alternative treatments for bipolar disorder?

Complementary: Use of omega-3's can be very helpful in bipolar disorder; 4-6 g/day epa can decrease number and intensity of relapses. Existing studies use this in combination with typical mood stabilizing agents, though -- not a stand-alone treatment. Lithium is the most "natural" of mood stabilizing agents. Homeopathy with a very experienced homeopathic psychiatrist may be of use -- not stand-alone, though. ...Read more

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Are there any good treatments for bipolar disorder that involve herbs and supplements?

No: Herbs and supplements have not been shown in evidence based research to be effective in bipolar disorder. Some of them may actually worsen bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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What are effective treatments for type 2 bipolar disorder while pregnant?

What are effective treatments for type 2 bipolar disorder while pregnant?

Tricky...: This is a very tricky situation because most medications are not safe in pregnancy. Depending on severity of symptoms, you may need to reduce to a basic ssri with close monitoring of symptoms. Some docs will also okay ECT for very severe symptoms but this is controversial. ...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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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 ?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that in its most severe form causes dramatic shifts in mood, ...Read more