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There are various treatment methods for bipolar disorder, including; drug therapy, psychotherapy, mental health supplements and ect.

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Bipolar disorder treatment

  1. 1. Bipolar DisorderTreatmentBipolar Disorder Treatment 1
  2. 2. Bipolar treatment is extremely important. Bipolar treatment can help onemanage their disorder. Treatment for bipolar, is just as important as thetreatment for any other diagnosed disease. People with mental disorderslike bipolar deal with major periods of depression. Depression is a majorprecursor to suicidal thoughts. Sadly, some people to this day receive littleto no treatment for their bipolar disorder.Studies and results, clearly show that treatment can help those with bipolardisorder. That being said, there are those like me with bipolar, that havelived a good portion of their lives, unmedicated, and without treatment. Nodoctor would recommend a person who is bipolar to do this, nor would themajority of those suffering with bipolar. Not taking medication for bipolardisorder, would not be considered to be good for your mental health.Unmedicated bipolar patients, are also reported to be, very high riskprobable, to commit suicide. 2
  3. 3. Bipolar and Medication:For people that are receiving drug therapy for their bipolardisorder they are likely to need more than one medicationduring the course of their treatment. These medications canhave distressing side effects. Noncompliance is quite commonwith Bipolar patients. Even with medication, those with bipolarwill still experience mania and depression, 75% of the time.However, the medication(s) used for bipolar patients, has beenproven to reduce the severity, and frequency of theoccurrences. Most often, both mood stabilizers andantidepressants are used in combination for the treatment ofbipolar. 3
  4. 4. Mood Stabilization and Anti psychotics: LithiumZyprexa (Olanzapine)Resperdal (Risperidone)Valproate (Valproic Acid)Clozaril (Clozapine)Seroquel (Quetiapine)Geodon (Ziprasidone) Abilify (Ariprazole)TegretolLamictal 4Trileptal
  5. 5. Standard Antidepressants used for Bipolar Treatment:Wellbutrin (Bupropion)Paxil (Paroxetine)Prozac (Fluoxetine)Effexor (Venlafaxine)Zoloft ( Sertraline)Lexapro (Escitalopram)Cymbalta (Duloxetine)*People with bipolar should not take anti-depressants alone. Taking anti-depressantsalone can be dangerous, they are to be used in conjunction with other medication(s). 5Consult with your doctor.*
  6. 6. Psychotherapy:Psychotherapy or talk therapy as it is sometimes referred involves speaking with apsychologist or psychiatrist about your mental health. Such talk therapy allows you todiscuss your feelings and the moods you experience with as result of your bipolardisorder.By means of psychotherapy the doctor is able to help you deal with your particularmental health struggles and help you understand how best to cope and handle thechallenges you are dealing with.Are you hesitant about going to see a psychologist or psychiatrist? If so it may be in youroverall best interest to reconsider. Some research studies suggest that the effect ofpsychotherapy overall in improving ones quality of life experience is greater than theoverall effect achieved from antidepressants. With psychotherapy the improvement onegains often continues even after such treatments have ended. 6
  7. 7. Additional Symptom Relieving Methods:In addition to drug and psycho therapy for treating ones bipolar, some have reportedthat the following methods for bipolar symptom relief are helpful. •Reducing alcohol intake: Alcohol has been known to negatively affect mood swings andreact badly with bipolar medications. •Exercise: It has been proven that exercise helps in reducing overall depressive cyclesand their severity. Exercise can increase serotonin a chemical that plays an importantpart in the regulation of mood. •Meditation: Meditation can help a person with bipolar disorder to be in better controlover their mental states. •Sunlight exposure: Lack of sunlight can slow down the bodys generation ofneurotransmitters. •Yoga: Practicing yoga techniques (channeling the bodies energy) has been known tohelp reduce anxiety, stress, and depression. •Good regular sleep schedule: Lack of sleep increases a persons hormone levels whichcan effect their mood and stress levels. •Reduce intake of caffeine, and sugar: Caffeine is a stimulant and can trigger manicepisodes. Too much sugar can affect the mood swings of a person. •Massage: Massage has been proven to increase serotonin and dopamine, the 7neurotransmitters that help reduce depression
  8. 8. There are many natural mental health supplements available nowadays. Although thereare continuing studies on the extent of their effectiveness they are not widelyconsidered yet as the best stand alone treatment for mental illnesses like bipolar.Natural supplements at this point are widely recognized as being most effective in usewith ones current conventional medication. Many people with bipolar have reportedvery favorable results from the use of such supplements. However, always consult with adoctor prior to taking any supplement so as to avoid any potential bad interaction thatcould occur.Some commonly used mental health supplements that have been reported to be helpfulin treating bipolar disorder: •Omega-3 Fatty acids may help as they produce nerve tissue and hormones. For anychance of effectiveness the omega-3 must contain both Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) andEicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). •Folic acid may help as it is known to increase the effectiveness of the relief provided byantidepressants. •S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAMe) has helped some as it is known to boost theproduction of neurotransmitters which effect mood in the brain. •Vitamin B12 may help as it has shown some promise in assisting one in recovering froma major depressive episode.*Harmful interactions can occur so always consult with your doctor before changing or 8adding medication or supplements to your treatment. Remember that such naturalsupplements are most widely recommended as possible assistants to your conventionaltreatment not as a replacement treatment.
  9. 9. In addition to drug therapy, psychotherapy, mental health supplements and the othermethods mentioned above, some have suffered so severely without adequate relief thatthey have sought help through treatment methods such as electro-convulsive therapy(ECT) and magnetic seizure therapy (MST). Both of these methods are generally used asalternative treatments for people who have treatment resistant depression. •Electro-convulsive therapy (ECT): This treatment method utilizes electric currentapplied to a patients head to induce a grand mal seizure. Many patients haveexperienced a lifting of mood as result. •Magnetic seizure therapy: (MST): This method is similar to ECT except it makes use ofstrong magnetic fields to induce the seizure in patients.Results seem to be mixed among patients as to the effectiveness of ECT treatment. Somehave went as far as saying that electro-convulsive therapy treatment saved their lives.But on the other hand others have said they would never do it again, wish they hadnt,and complain of severe memory loss.Even among doctors there are differing opinions on the use of ECT. Some doctorspromote it as being the very best possible treatment while other doctors feel the risk is 9still too great and the benefit too short lived. Before proceeding with this treatment typeit may be advisable to get opinions from multiple doctors