Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

Treatment for  Bipolar Disorder
                                                            By
                                    ©Dr. Udis Sanchez Manalansan-Lord, Ph.D.
Risk of untreated bipolar disorder:  If untreated, bipolar disorder can lead to suicide, alcohol or substance abuse, problems with relationship, problems at work, etc.
Suicidal Symptoms:
  1. Putting one’s self where there is danger of getting killed.
  2. Talking about wanting to die.
  3. Suicide notes
  4. Hopelessness
  5. Giving away possessions
  6. Helplessness
  7. Organizing will, finances, etc.
Treatment
            Get diagnosis from a family practitioner, psychiatrist, psychotherapist, etc., who are licensed in mental health. 
            For the sake of your loved ones, yourself, your employment, seek treatment for your bipolar disorder. When you do, and you are prescribed medication, read their possible  side effects.
            Also, find out what your medical insurance will cover.
Medication
            Lithium, Depakote (divalproex), trileptal (oxcarbazepine), tegretol ( and equator (carbazepine) and antipsychotic medications :  Zyprexa (olanzapine), Seroquel (quetiapine) are usually prescribed for acute mania.
            Lithium, lamictal (lamotrigine), symbax (a combination of fluoxetine and olanzapine) Seroquel (quetiapine),  and prozac are usually prescribed for depression.
            There are possible side effects for taking these medication.  For example, lithium may cause thyroid damage if taken for several years. This is why thyroid supplement is oftentimes prescribed  to avoid this damage.
            Taking medication and other treatments such as education, psychoeducation, knowing the triggers and how to avoid them,  is vital for the treatment of bipolar disorder.
Additional Information:
National Alliance of Mental Illness:  www.nami.org
National Institutes of Health:  www.nih.gov
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance:  www.dbsalliance.org
U.S. National Alliance of Medicine:  www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=pubmed
For further information about the author, Dr. Udis Sanchez Lord, Ph.D., go to www.drudislord.com