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What should you know about depression in bipolar disorder?

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Depression is part of the cycle of major highs and lows that come with bipolar disorder. It keeps you from feeling like yourself and can make it hard to do the things you need or want to do. But the right treatment can make a big difference. There are many kinds of therapies for bipolar depression that work very well. What else helps? Keep track of your symptoms over time. That may help you know when a mood change is coming on so you can handle it early.

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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