10 doctors weighed in:
Is it possible for a bipolar person who's on meds to still have an episode?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. William Holmes
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
There are many possible reasons why a person with bipolar disorder could have symptoms, even while staying consistent in treatment.
Medications are often helpful, but even under the best of circumstances people may have "breakthough" symptoms. This is one reason why it is important to stay in regular contact with a physician, so that quick adjustments can be made in medications if needed.

In brief: Yes
There are many possible reasons why a person with bipolar disorder could have symptoms, even while staying consistent in treatment.
Medications are often helpful, but even under the best of circumstances people may have "breakthough" symptoms. This is one reason why it is important to stay in regular contact with a physician, so that quick adjustments can be made in medications if needed.
Dr. William Holmes
Dr. William Holmes
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Dr. Momen El Nesr
Addiction Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Yes, medication helps but not 100%.

In brief: Yes
Yes, medication helps but not 100%.
Dr. Momen El Nesr
Dr. Momen El Nesr
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
There many possible explanations for relapse in bipolar patients (bpd).
Alcohol, drugs, tobacco, caffeine, illnesses, insomnia, psychosocial stressors, and other medications used intercurrently that interact with maintenance medications can throw bpd into imbalance.

In brief: Yes
There many possible explanations for relapse in bipolar patients (bpd).
Alcohol, drugs, tobacco, caffeine, illnesses, insomnia, psychosocial stressors, and other medications used intercurrently that interact with maintenance medications can throw bpd into imbalance.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: In the best
possible scenario - a person's up's and down's are kept within a range that is not too wide.
However, as stated earlier - there can be breakthrough cycling even with appropriate medication and healthy lifestyle. In that situation the symptoms are usually not as pronounced as they might have been off of medication. Talking therapies are also very important.

In brief: In the best
possible scenario - a person's up's and down's are kept within a range that is not too wide.
However, as stated earlier - there can be breakthrough cycling even with appropriate medication and healthy lifestyle. In that situation the symptoms are usually not as pronounced as they might have been off of medication. Talking therapies are also very important.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Ian Cook
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Alas yes
A relapse can occur even when a person is engaged in treatment; even the best treatments help the person to control their illness but generally do not eliminate it ("cure").
If an episode breaks through, it is important to involve one's physician for adjustments to the treatment plan (different dose, different med, different kind of psychotherapy, etc).

In brief: Alas yes
A relapse can occur even when a person is engaged in treatment; even the best treatments help the person to control their illness but generally do not eliminate it ("cure").
If an episode breaks through, it is important to involve one's physician for adjustments to the treatment plan (different dose, different med, different kind of psychotherapy, etc).
Dr. Ian Cook
Dr. Ian Cook
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