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What is important when helping and supporting someone with bipolar disorder?

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In the manic phase of bipolar disorder, patients may engage in risky activities, such as fast driving or certain risky sports. They should be monitored and stopped from taking chances, especially in a car. Drinks and foods with caffeine -- tea, coffee, and cola-- should be allowed in moderation. Avoid alcohol at all times. It's very important for a patient having manic symptoms to receive prompt psychiatric assessment. Family members may need to call the doctor, because sometimes patients in a manic or hypomanic episode may refuse treatment. But prompt intervention, including possible medication adjustments at an early point in an episode, may avoid further problems and the need for hospitalization.

SOURCES: 

American Psychiatry Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5. 

Kupfer, J. (editor). Bipolar Depression The Clinician's Reference Guide., Current Psychiatry, 2004. 

Geddes, JR. American Journal of Psychiatry, 2004. 

McElroy SL. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2004. 

Sidor, MM. Curr Psychiatry Rep., 2012 Dec. 

Tohen, M. Arch Gen Psychiatry, 2003

Tränkner, A. Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat., 2013.

Salvi, V. J. Clin Psychiatry, 2008. 

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on April 14, 2020

SOURCES: 

American Psychiatry Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5. 

Kupfer, J. (editor). Bipolar Depression The Clinician's Reference Guide., Current Psychiatry, 2004. 

Geddes, JR. American Journal of Psychiatry, 2004. 

McElroy SL. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2004. 

Sidor, MM. Curr Psychiatry Rep., 2012 Dec. 

Tohen, M. Arch Gen Psychiatry, 2003

Tränkner, A. Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat., 2013.

Salvi, V. J. Clin Psychiatry, 2008. 

Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on April 14, 2020

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