Bipolar Disorder - Effective Treatments

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Bipolar Disorder Treatment

There is no cure for BD but, with proper therapy, people with this disease can lead stable and productive lives. Bipolar disorder will not get better without medical treatment.

Self-Care at Home

Self-care without medical treatment is not recommended. Self-care measures are not effective in relieving symptoms or preventing harmful behavior.

Medical Treatment

Treatment of bipolar disorder centers on (1) medications to stabilize mood swings and (2) counseling with a therapist. However, therapy is more successful with strong support from family and loved ones.

Medications don't always work the first time and may need to be changed many times until the right medication or combination of medicines is found.

  • While this change is happening, people with bipolar disorder need to feel that they can count on their friends and family not to give up on them and to bear with them even though their mood swings are causing grief and pain.
  • Periods of stress may throw people with bipolar disorder into one of the extremes of mania or depression, and they need strong support systems to help them deal with the disease.

Those people who are a danger to themselves or others will have their medications started in the hospital and will remain there until they are able to control their emotions enough to function at home.

  • Psychiatric hospitalization protects the safety of the person with bipolar disorder and loved ones.
  • Medical staff can monitor the effects of medications when a person is in the hospital.
  • Medications can be adjusted more quickly in the hospital than over a series of outpatient visits.
  • Group therapy or one-on-one sessions with a psychiatrist also start while in the hospital.

Not all episodes are serious enough to require hospitalization. Many people can be treated as outpatients.

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Comment from: Racer, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

Wow, this website in incredible! The information I've learned. I just never took the time before to know much about my disease, but after abandoning my meds how MANY times over the years until finally being at an age where I can see that the main constant in all the pains I've been thru is ME - that of ME and all of MY Mania and Depression and how it has affected not only myself, but also as importantly, my FAMILY, loved ones, friends, co-workers, clients,... the list could go on and on and that doesn't make me feel good. After spending nearly two hours reading the detailed information this site has given (THANK YOU!), I plan to call my doctor tomorrow to get back ON my meds. I wish ALL BD sufferers and their caregivers the very best. Hang in there.

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Comment from: GregM, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 27

This is how I cured my bipolar disorder. I read that omega-3 was being used for psychiatric disorders and gave it a try for myself. It didn't work, but I noticed that after 13 years my urine had no calcium sediments in it anymore. Before omega-3 supplements any extra calcium I ate showed up as extra urine sediment. I then read that calcium was important for proper neuron function and added calcium supplements to my diet thinking that I might not be getting enough. I increased the amount until I started seeing calcium sediments in my urine again. My mental symptoms stopped then. I believe the mechanism for the success of omega-3 is through its ability to allow the body to maintain a higher blood level of calcium. Higher calcium levels are known to reduce the level of excitability of neurons. Perhaps omega-3 allows the kidneys to reabsorb calcium to a level that satisfies all the body's requirements.

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