Bipolar Depression Treatment

While only roughly three percent of the United States population is afflicted with bipolar disorder – also referred to as manic depression – it is serious a mental disorder that presents symptoms in early adulthood. Although children are not generally diagnosed with the disorder, it is hereditary. More information about manic depression can be found below, including characteristics of the disorder and treatment options.

Characteristics of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is characterized by periods of intense manic behavior followed by depressive or “down” moments. During manic periods, you may be more willing to take risks, feel more powerful than you are or go on intense spending sprees. The way you behave during a manic period may also alienate friends and family. Depressive periods can be just as dangerous to you as manic periods. During your most intense depressive episodes, you may feel suicidal or willing to harm yourself. If you suffer from bipolar disorder, you may be more likely to develop a substance abuse problem.

When left untreated, bipolar disorder can be very dangerous as you are more likely to engage in risky behavior during a manic period and more likely to feel severely depressed during a depressive period. There is no minimum number of cycles you must experience before treatment is available.

Treating Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder can be treated a number of different ways. Both inpatient and outpatient care can provide you with medication and professional counseling and give you the tools you need to manage your life during and between episodes. You may wish to consider family counseling as well as joining a support group for others with your illness. Proper therapy can help you understand how and why your episodes occur and help you work through them.

Although there is no cure for bipolar disorder, the physical effects of the illness can also be managed through medication. The mood swings many find to be common to bipolar disorder can be controlled by some of the following medications:

  • Lithium
  • Valproate
  • Carbamazepine

Combinations of these drugs have been proven to decrease manic depressive episodes in both number and severity.

Ultimately, your bipolar disorder is manageable if you take your depression medications in the correct, prescribed dosages and adhere to the therapies your counselor has suggested.

Bipolar Disorder Treatment Help

Through proper treatment, bipolar disorder can be managed and you can live a relatively normal life. If you would like more information on bipolar disorder treatment, contact us today.