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Bipolar disorder (also called manic - depressive disorder) is an illness that causes extreme mood changes that alternate between manic episodes of abnormally high energy and the extreme lows of depression.
Bipolar disorder cannot be prevented, but often the mood swings can be controlled with medications.
Most children who have bipolar disorder need medication. However, other forms of treatment used along with medications play an important role in balancing mood and improving quality of life.
Although mood changes and other symptoms associated with bipolar disorder are challenging, they can be managed effectively.
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.
WebMD provides links for information about medications and treatments for bipolar disorder.
WebMD explains the challenges of coping with a job or career while living with bipolar disorder.
WebMD provides a brief explanation of the doctors and other professionals who treat bipolar disorder.
WebMD explains the use of calcium channel blockers to treat bipolar disorder.
WebMD explains the symptoms of mania and hypomania, part of the manic phases of bipolar disorder.
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