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What should you do if your bipolar symptoms are getting worse?

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If you feel your bipolar symptoms are worsening, contact your doctor immediately. Sometimes a change in medication or dosage is all that's needed to treat breakthrough symptoms of depression or mania/hypomania. If you think the person may be suicical, one option is to call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255. It's available 24 hours a day, every day.

From: Bipolar Disorder and Self-Injury WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Stop Abuse for Everyone: "Self-Abuse Finally Ends."

Mental Health America: "Tips for living with people with mental illnesses in uncertain times."

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Treatment strategies for depression and bipolar disorder."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Bipolar Disorder."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 20, 2018

SOURCES:

Stop Abuse for Everyone: "Self-Abuse Finally Ends."

Mental Health America: "Tips for living with people with mental illnesses in uncertain times."

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Treatment strategies for depression and bipolar disorder."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Bipolar Disorder."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 20, 2018

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