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What are some treatments for bipolar disorder?

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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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, from mania to depression. Symptoms of mania include markedly elevated mood and energy, reduced sleep and a reduced need for sleep, racing thoughts, and grandiose ideas. When mood changes are severe, psychotic ideation may be present. Symptoms of depression can include low energy, feeling sad, feelings of guilt and hopelessness that are out of proportion to the patient's actual situation, low motivation, inability to experience pleasure, and suicidal ideation. Sleep may be increased, and concentration may be impaired. Some manic patients may be extremely irritable rather than euphoric. Less severe but clearly abnormal mood ...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?

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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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

Though depression is not required for diagnosis most people have both manic and depressive episodes and may have mixed episodes with features of both. Length of episodes vary, but are separated by "normal" periods of emotion and behavior. See my answers to similar ...Read more