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How to treat bipolar?

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Dr. Eric Anderson
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree

In brief: Bipolar treatment

There are many ways to treat bipolar disorder, including with therapy, a healthy lifestyle, and medications.
Regarding the latter, mood stabilizers are the treatment of choice. These include medications like lithium, depakote, lamictal, trileptal, and tegretol, to name some. Antipsychotics such as abilify, zyprexa, risperdal, geodon, seroquel, latuda, invega, and saphris (asenapine) are also commonly used.

In brief: Bipolar treatment

There are many ways to treat bipolar disorder, including with therapy, a healthy lifestyle, and medications.
Regarding the latter, mood stabilizers are the treatment of choice. These include medications like lithium, depakote, lamictal, trileptal, and tegretol, to name some. Antipsychotics such as abilify, zyprexa, risperdal, geodon, seroquel, latuda, invega, and saphris (asenapine) are also commonly used.
Dr. Eric Anderson
Dr. Eric Anderson
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Dr. Horacio Capote
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: Find a Doctor

Educate yourself & find a doctor you can have a good rapport with so you can begin the process of healing.
Join a support group & see how others deal with things. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Pay attention to nutrition, sleep hygiene, exercise. Seek complete remission of symptoms --- don't be satisfied with just a reduction of symptoms.

In brief: Find a Doctor

Educate yourself & find a doctor you can have a good rapport with so you can begin the process of healing.
Join a support group & see how others deal with things. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Pay attention to nutrition, sleep hygiene, exercise. Seek complete remission of symptoms --- don't be satisfied with just a reduction of symptoms.
Dr. Horacio Capote
Dr. Horacio Capote
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Bipolar D/O Tx

Meds fall into classes of mood stabilizers (Lithium?/ anticonvulsants like valproic acid, divalproex or lamotrigine) & atypical antipsychotics (Quetiapine, aripiprazole, olanzapine or risperidone).
Other tx: psychoeducation, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy & family or group therapy. Refractory cases- Transcranial magnetic stimulation or electroconvulsive therapy.

In brief: Bipolar D/O Tx

Meds fall into classes of mood stabilizers (Lithium?/ anticonvulsants like valproic acid, divalproex or lamotrigine) & atypical antipsychotics (Quetiapine, aripiprazole, olanzapine or risperidone).
Other tx: psychoeducation, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy & family or group therapy. Refractory cases- Transcranial magnetic stimulation or electroconvulsive therapy.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Many options

There are many different treatments for bipolar disorder and it is always a matter of finding the best treatment for you.
A mood stabilizer is the core treatment, but psychotherapy to help you understand the disorder and it's effect on you, your relationships, and lifestyle is also important.

In brief: Many options

There are many different treatments for bipolar disorder and it is always a matter of finding the best treatment for you.
A mood stabilizer is the core treatment, but psychotherapy to help you understand the disorder and it's effect on you, your relationships, and lifestyle is also important.
Dr. John Moranville
Dr. John Moranville
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Dr. Matthew Keener
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Bio, psycho, social

The causes of mood disorders arise over development from biology, psychology, and social factors.
Similarly you need to make sure the treatment of mood utilizes all three. Are you making sure your biology is working optimally with exercise and avoiding trigger foods, taking meds? Are you keeping your psychology in check with therapy and mental training? Is your social life supportive or harmful?

In brief: Bio, psycho, social

The causes of mood disorders arise over development from biology, psychology, and social factors.
Similarly you need to make sure the treatment of mood utilizes all three. Are you making sure your biology is working optimally with exercise and avoiding trigger foods, taking meds? Are you keeping your psychology in check with therapy and mental training? Is your social life supportive or harmful?
Dr. Matthew Keener
Dr. Matthew Keener
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Andrew Berry
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Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Many steps...

1. Find a psychiatrist and therapist u trust.
2. U will have to take mood-stabilizers indefinitely. Ur psychiatrist can help you find the right ones (sometimes by trying different ones) 3. Talk therapy to help manage stressors 4. Maintain healthy, sable daily routine. 5. Avoid drugs/alcohol. 6. Stay involved with friends/family. Hope this helps. Good luck.

In brief: Many steps...

1. Find a psychiatrist and therapist u trust.
2. U will have to take mood-stabilizers indefinitely. Ur psychiatrist can help you find the right ones (sometimes by trying different ones) 3. Talk therapy to help manage stressors 4. Maintain healthy, sable daily routine. 5. Avoid drugs/alcohol. 6. Stay involved with friends/family. Hope this helps. Good luck.
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
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