Even though there is still no cure for bipolar disorder, there is at least treatment for it – usually medication and therapy.  But how important is therapy to stability with bipolar disorder?

 

Medication is crucial to recovery from bipolar disorder, there is no disputing that.  Many people have recovered from the disorder because of their medication.

 

Granted, your loved one must take their medication religiously in order to feel better – that's why it is such an important part of treatment.

 

Medication can balance your loved one's erratic mood swings, and help to avoid bipolar episodes.

 

But what about therapy?  Isn't that important as well?

 

Yes, it is.  In therapy for bipolar disorder, your loved one will learn how to manage their bipolar disorder.  They are also free to discuss any issues they have surrounding the disorder that, perhaps, they are uncomfortable discussing with you.

 

A therapist trained in treating patients with bipolar disorder can help your loved one not just by having a good listening ear or a shoulder to cry on, but can also offer concrete suggestions on how they can better manage their bipolar disorder.

 

Medication can only go so far in helping your loved one with bipolar disorder.  It is only half of the equation when it comes to treatment.

 

The other half of the equation for treatment is therapy, which can rapidly help your loved one to manage their bipolar disorder, as long as they participate in it.