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Almost all people who have bipolar disorder need medication. But counseling is also important to help you cope with work and relationship struggles related to your illness.
If you have bipolar disorder, call or other emergency services.
With bipolar disorder, you alternate between episodes of depression and mania. In between, you may return completely to normal or have some remaining symptoms.
Bipolar disorder cannot be prevented, but often the mood swings can be controlled with medications.
Bipolar disorder causes extreme mood swings, from feeling overly energetic (mania) to feeling very sad or having low energy (depression).
The cause of bipolar disorder is not well understood, although evidence suggests that the disorder runs in families
Healthwise information on bipolar disorder.
Although there is no cure for bipolar disorder, it can be effectively treated with a combination of medications and counseling.
Drug details for Mood-stabilizing medications for bipolar disorder.
Drug details for Antipsychotics for the treatment of bipolar disorder.
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