Bipolar Disorder - Treatment Overview
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.
If you also have anxiety
symptoms, such as worrying and not sleeping,
panic attacks, or symptoms of
psychosis, you may need additional medicines.
- Bipolar disorder: Preventing manic episodes
What To Think About
When you and your doctor are
discussing your medicines, think about whether your lifestyle allows you to
take medicines on time every day. A medicine you only take once a day may work
best for you if you have a hard time remembering to take your medicines.
The side effects of the medicines should also be considered. You may be
able to tolerate some side effects better than others. Discuss the side effects
of each medicine with your doctor as you consider your treatment
The use of antidepressants alone has been linked to an
increase in manic episodes.8 Antidepressant treatment
needs to be monitored closely to avoid causing a manic episode.
Unfortunately, many people don't seek treatment for bipolar disorder. You may
not seek treatment because you think the symptoms are not bad enough or that
you can work things out on your own. But getting treatment is important.
If you need help deciding whether to see your doctor, see
some reasons why people don't get help and how to overcome them.