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How can a therapist help my bipolar disorder?

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A therapist can help you:

  • Work on your relationships
  • Manage stress
  • Solve problems at school or work
  • Stick to your treatment
  • Get a new perspective on your situation
  • Learn ways to talk to other people about your bipolar disorder
  • Avoid situations that may triggeran episode, such as too little sleep or drug and alcohol use
  • Make a plan for what to do if you become depressed or manic

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders , Fourth edition, Text Revision. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Association, 2000.

The Nations Voice on Mental Illness.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

American Psychiatric Association.

National Institute of Mental Health.

Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Bipolar Disorder, 2002.

Muller-Oerlinghausen, B. Jan. 19, 2002. Lancet,

Kaufman, K. , June, 2003. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry

Compton, M. , ACP Medicine. Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 06, 2018

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders , Fourth edition, Text Revision. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Association, 2000.

The Nations Voice on Mental Illness.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

American Psychiatric Association.

National Institute of Mental Health.

Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Bipolar Disorder, 2002.

Muller-Oerlinghausen, B. Jan. 19, 2002. Lancet,

Kaufman, K. , June, 2003. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry

Compton, M. , ACP Medicine. Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 06, 2018

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