How is it treated?
The aims of treatment are to reduce the symptoms of depression or mania. Also to prevent or reduce the frequency of future episodes and to help the individual come to terms with having a bipolar disorder.
Most people will require medication at some stage, but supportive counseling and/or specific psychological treatments, such as cognitive behaviour therapy, can play an important role.
If a person experiences an episode of mania or severe depression they may be admitted to hospital to allow more intensive treatment and support to be offered, or to help avoid actions that are dangerous or regrettable. People with less severe depressive or hypomanic episodes can usually be offered additional treatment and support in the community.
Stages of Treatment
Components of Treatment
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