Bipolar Disorder - Topic Overview
Your urine and blood may be tested to rule out
other problems that could be causing your symptoms.
How is it treated?
The sooner bipolar disorder is
identified and treated, the better your chances of getting it under control.
One of the most important parts of dealing with a manic episode is recognizing
the early warning signs so that you can start treatment early with medicine
that is especially for manic phases.
Many medicines are
used to treat bipolar disorder. You may need to try several before you find the
right combination that works for you.
- Most people with bipolar disorder need to
take a medicine called a mood stabilizer every day.
called antipsychotics can help get a manic phase under control.
Antidepressants are used carefully for episodes of depression,
because they cause some people to move into a manic phase.
People often have to try several different medicines
before finding what works for them. Regular checkups are important so that your
doctor can tell if your treatment is working.
Counseling for you
and your family is also an important treatment. It can help you cope with some
of the work and relationship issues that your illness may cause.
Charting your mood is one way you can start to see your patterns and
symptoms. Keep a notebook of your feelings and what brought them on. If you
learn what triggers your mood swings, you may be able to avoid them
People often stop taking their medicines during a manic
phase because they feel good. But this is a mistake. You must take your
medicines regularly, even if you are feeling better.
Who is affected by bipolar disorder?
million Americans-about 1% of the population, or 1 out of 100 people-have
bipolar disorder, with similar rates in other countries.1 Bipolar disorder occurs equally among males and females. It
often begins between the ages of 15 and 24.2
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