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Can bipolar disorder be prevented?

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The causes of bipolar disorder are not well understood. It's not known if bipolar I disorder can be prevented entirely.

That said, it's possible to lower the risk of episodes of mania or depression once bipolar disorder has developed. Regular therapy sessions with a psychologist or social worker can help people to identify factors that can destabilize mood (such as poor medication adherence, sleep deprivation, drug or alcohol abuse, and poor stress management), leading to fewer hospitalizations and feeling better overall. Taking medicine on a regular basis can help to prevent future manic or depressive episodes.

From: Bipolar I Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Moore, D. Mosby, 2004. National Institute of Mental Health web site: "Bipolar Disorder."  Medical News Today: "Study Identifies Predictors Of Bipolar Disorders Risk." WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: "Bipolar Disorder -- What Increases Your Risk." Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.




Handbook of Medical Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 08, 2017

SOURCES: Moore, D. Mosby, 2004. National Institute of Mental Health web site: "Bipolar Disorder."  Medical News Today: "Study Identifies Predictors Of Bipolar Disorders Risk." WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: "Bipolar Disorder -- What Increases Your Risk." Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.




Handbook of Medical Psychiatry,

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 08, 2017

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