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Bipolar Disorder: Managing Mania

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10 Questions to Ask Doctor About Bipolar Disorder

Since you were recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder, ask your doctor these questions at your next visit.

1. What causes bipolar disorder?

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2. What’s the difference between Bipolar I and Bipolar II? Which do I have?

3. What medicines can help me, and how do they work?

4. What should I do if I forget to take my medication for bipolar disorder?

5. What should I do if I have a manic episode?

6. What happens if I quit taking the medication?

7. Why do I need psychotherapy in addition to medication?

8. How often should I see my therapist?

9. Are there other programs that can help me manage bipolar disorder?

10. How can I reach you in an emergency?


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Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on July 02, 2012
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