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How is bipolar disorder cured?

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There is no cure for bipolar disorder. But behavior therapy and the right mix of mood stabilizers and other medications can make it possible for you to live a productive life. Bipolar disorder is a lifelong mental illness that has a high chance of recurrent episodes. It’s important to stay on your meds, see your doctor regularly, and take advantage of support groups and other help.

From: Preventing Bipolar Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

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American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Bipolar Disorder."

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Bipolar Disorder" and "Signs and Symptoms."

National Mental Health Information Center: "Children's Mental Health Facts: Bipolar Disorder."

National Foundation for Depressive Illness: "Depression Facts."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Different Families, Different Characteristics: Different Types of Bipolar Disorder?" and "Step-BD Women's Studies."

National Mental Health Association: "Bipolar Disorder: What You Need to Know."

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

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on March 02, 2018

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Bipolar Disorder."

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Bipolar Disorder" and "Signs and Symptoms."

National Mental Health Information Center: "Children's Mental Health Facts: Bipolar Disorder."

National Foundation for Depressive Illness: "Depression Facts."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Different Families, Different Characteristics: Different Types of Bipolar Disorder?" and "Step-BD Women's Studies."

National Mental Health Association: "Bipolar Disorder: What You Need to Know."

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

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on March 02, 2018

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