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How is bipolar disorder treated?

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Bipolar disorder can be treated. It's a long-term condition that needs ongoing care.

Medication is the main treatment, usually involving "mood stabilizers" such as carbamazepine (Tegretol), lamotrigine (Lamictal), lithium, or valproate (Depakote). Sometimes antipsychotic drugs are also used, such as olanzapine (Zyprexa), quetiapine (Seroquel), lurasidone (Latuda) and cariprazine (Vraylar), as well as antidepressants. Combinations of medicines are often used. Psychotherapy, or "talk therapy," is often recommended as welll-.

People who have four or more mood episodes in a year, or who also have drug or alcohol problems, can have forms of the illness that are much harder to treat.

From: Bipolar Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institute of Mental Health.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on November 7, 2017

SOURCE:

National Institute of Mental Health.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on November 7, 2017

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