Bipolar Disorder - Other Treatment
Almost all people who have
bipolar disorder need medicine. But counseling is also
important to help you cope with work and relationship struggles related to your
Other Treatment Choices
Types of counseling used to treat bipolar disorder
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy, a type of counseling aimed at teaching you how to become
healthier by modifying certain thought and behavior patterns. It is based on
the theory that thought and behavior can affect a person's symptoms and be an
obstacle to recovery.
- Interpersonal therapy, which focuses on
social and personal relationships and related problems by discussing grief and
loss, role disputes in relationships, and relationship
- Problem solving, a brief, focused form
of cognitive therapy used to treat depression. It focuses on specific problems
and how you can solve them.
- Family therapy,
a type of counseling used to help families deal with a stressful situation or a
life-changing event. In family therapy, each person can express any concerns
and fears about how the problem affects the person who has bipolar disorder and
the family as a whole.
In some cases,
electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be an option. In
this procedure, brief electrical stimulation to the brain is given through
electrodes placed on the head. The stimulation produces a short seizure that is
thought to balance brain chemicals.
Omega-3 fatty acids have been getting some attention
as a possible complementary treatment for bipolar disorder. But more research
is needed to prove the effectiveness of omega-3 fatty acids in treating this
What To Think About
- Bipolar disorder: Preventing manic episodes
Establish a long-term relationship with a counselor you
like. The counselor will help you recognize personality changes that show when
you are moving into a mood episode. Getting early treatment can reduce the
length of the mood episode.
Bipolar disorder also affects family
members. They need to understand the disorder and how to help you cope.