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Why is it important to be aware of early warning signs of bipolar disorder?

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Bipolar disorder can’t be prevented. It's important to be aware of early warning signs of an impending episode of bipolar depression or bipolar mania. Early recognition of bipolar warning signs and seeing your doctor regularly can allow you to monitor your mood and medications and keep illness from worsening. Studies suggest that preventing mood episodes may be the most important goal.

From: Preventing Bipolar Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

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

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Bipolar Disorder" and "Signs and Symptoms."

National Mental Health Information Center: "Children's Mental Health Facts: Bipolar Disorder."

National Foundation for Depressive Illness: "Depression Facts."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Different Families, Different Characteristics: Different Types of Bipolar Disorder?" and "Step-BD Women's Studies."

National Mental Health Association: "Bipolar Disorder: What You Need to Know."

American Psychiatric Association. Text Revision. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Association; 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition,

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on March 02, 2018

SOURCES:

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

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Bipolar Disorder" and "Signs and Symptoms."

National Mental Health Information Center: "Children's Mental Health Facts: Bipolar Disorder."

National Foundation for Depressive Illness: "Depression Facts."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Different Families, Different Characteristics: Different Types of Bipolar Disorder?" and "Step-BD Women's Studies."

National Mental Health Association: "Bipolar Disorder: What You Need to Know."

American Psychiatric Association. Text Revision. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Association; 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition,

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on March 02, 2018

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