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.
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.
There is a Txmt. For dx. of Bipolar Disorder I must meet the following criteria-- Distinct period of abnormality, with elevated, expansive, irrritable mood & persistent inceased goal-directed activity/energy for 1 wk and present most of day, nearly every . Decrease sleep .

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What is the treatment for bipolar disorder?

Many. There are many alternatives of treatment... Depending of the type of bipolar disorder and the associated symptoms.. Read more...
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...
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. Psychotherapy is also highly recommended. The combination is optimal with meds and therapy together, not just one or the other. Read more...

What is the treatment for bipolar disorder?

Stabilize. After making sure you are not ingesting chemicals that depress or excite you, the medicines used to treat bipolar mainly stabilize the patient from the extremes of the depression or manic periods. Read more...
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...
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. Read more...

What is the best treatment for bipolar disorder?

Not one best RX. There isn't one best Rx. The diagnosis has to be established. There several meds that are used for patients with bipolar disorder especially when they are symptomatic. Mood stabilizers are the most common & there are several. However, sometimes antidepressants antipsychotic or antianxiety meds are used & combinations are common. Psychotherapy with or without meds are also helpful. Read more...
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...

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...
Lithium. One of the oldest & more studied mood stabilizers. Very effective as long as dose remains therapeutic (blood levels), and routine workup & compliance are monitored. Read more...
Yes. While treatment of bipolar disorder with lithium has lessened over the past few decades, it is because newer medications with fewer side effects have become available. In many instances, these newer medicines work very well. Sometimes, lithium is still the best and most effective treatment, and should definitely be considered an excellent choice. Read more...

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...
19% commit suicide. The answer is a clear yes. Bipolar disorder is a very serious, potentially fatal illness, much like cancer. In spite of decades of research, some people still find it difficult to understand that bipolar disorder requires a life long treatment regimen, which includes medications and therapy. Think of it more like sickle cell anemia or diabetes, which require care from a specialist. Read more...

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...

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...
Mood stabilizers. Mood stabilizers and atypical antipsychotics both used for treatment of bipolar disorder. The choice depends on what phase of the illness you are in, side effect profile and many other variables. You should talk to a sychoatrist about specific drugs. Read more...

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...

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...