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In addition to personal therapy for bipolar disorder, it is sometimes helpful to try couple's counseling or family therapy, depending on your situation.

You should find a qualified therapist -- usually a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, psychiatric nurse, or counselor -- preferably one who is highly experienced and knowledgeable about mood disorders. Ask your health care provider for recommendations. Or get in touch with an organization like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) or the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA).

Support Groups for Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a condition that can make you feel isolated. Friends and family members just may not understand what you're going through. They may be more critical than supportive.

That's one reason to think about joining a support group for bipolar disorder. Meeting people who are in your position -- coping with the same bipolar disorder symptoms, frustrations, and fears -- can help you feel better. Other people who have bipolar disorder might also have good suggestions for living with the condition, such as ways to manage side effects or confront stigma.

If you're interested in joining a support group, ask your health care provider about organizations in the area, or contact NAMI or the DBSA.

Alternative Therapies for Bipolar Disorder

No kind of alternative therapy, like an herb or supplement, has been clearly established to help with bipolar disorder. If you're interested in trying one, however, talk to your health care provider. Certainly, there's no harm in trying unproven approaches like massage or meditation, which don't have risks.

But be cautious with other treatments for bipolar disorder, such as herbal remedies or supplements. Some can interact with medications you take. Never start taking an herb or supplement without your health care provider's approval.

 

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on June 26, 2013
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