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What should you do when you have depression in bipolar disorder?

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The most important step you can take is to start and stay on a bipolar treatment plan. Most include a mix of medicine and talk therapy. Your doctor might prescribe a few different kinds of medication, including mood stabilizers, antidepressants, and antipsychotic drugs. Talk therapy can also help you control stress and recognize your symptoms sooner. Another type of therapy, called cognitive behavioral therapy, teaches you good ways to handle the negative thoughts that come with depression.

Cleveland Clinic: “Bipolar Disorder.”

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Bipolar Disorder.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Bipolar Disorder.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bipolar Disorder.”

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

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 6, 2018

Cleveland Clinic: “Bipolar Disorder.”

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Bipolar Disorder.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Bipolar Disorder.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bipolar Disorder.”

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

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 6, 2018

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