Treatment for bipolar depression has come a long way from the days (not so long ago) when patients were given sedatives and medications with numerous side effects. Today, mood stabilizing drugs are a mainstay treatment for bipolar disorder. Doctors may prescribe lithium, an antimanic drug, or an antipsychotic drug -- or a combination of both -- in order to alleviate symptoms of depression without triggering a manic episode.
While depression episodes are far more common than manias and have a tremendous...
You have been treated for depression for more than 3 weeks, but you aren't getting better.
Who to see
Bipolar disorder is complex and hard to diagnose,
because it has many phases and symptoms. Sometimes it is misdiagnosed as only
depression, because people are more likely to seek
treatment during a period of depression.
After you are diagnosed
with bipolar disorder, you'll need to keep a long-term relationship with
your doctor or therapist. It can help you make sure that your treatment is consistent and
that your medicines can be adjusted as needed.
health professionals can diagnose bipolar disorder, you will probably be
referred to a
psychiatrist who specializes in treating such
disorders. He or she can prescribe medicines and provide counseling. Other health
professionals who can diagnose bipolar disorder include: