Bipolar disorder can be a lifelong illness. Bipolar Disorder Treatment focuses on managing the symptoms. Treatment may vary depending on your needs and could include any of the following:
Bipolar disorder is treated primarily with medication and psychotherapy. Education and support groups are also options.
It will take some trial and error to find the right medication during your Bipolar Disorder Treatment. There are many other options if one does not work for you and is considered a normal occurrence for most patients.
It takes patience as some medications take weeks or months to fully kick in. Your doctor will usually only change one medication at a time to ensure that you get the best possible treatment outcome. Your symptoms are subject to change and your medication may need to be adjusted.
Some medications may include:
ECT is an electro-convulsive treatment that involves passing electrical currents through the brain, purposely causing a short seizure. ECT may cause brain chemistry changes that could reverse the symptoms of some mental illnesses altogether. If you are unable to take antidepressants due to health reasons, or are at risk of suicide, ECT might be an option.
For those who have not responded to antidepressants, trans cranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), is also currently being studied and could soon be a newly introduced treatment option. Other treatment options can always be explored depending on your needs.