You can't live in even the most beautiful of homes without having a good, strong foundation first.  Well, it's the same with bipolar disorder.  In order to have success (i.e., stability) with the disorder, you need to have a strong foundation as well.

 

There are several things that you have to do to become successful with the disorder that I talk about on my website devoted to bipolar disorder, but a strong foundation for success with bipolar disorder consists of treatment:  medication and therapy.

 

Medication

There are many good bipolar medications prescribed today for bipolar disorder.  I am not a doctor or psychiatrist, so I cannot tell you which medication you should be taking.  All I say is that the BEST bipolar medication is the one that is the most effective for you.  Everyone is different, and only your doctor or psychiatrist will be able to determine what medication will work for you.

 

There is no stability without medication, however, so a good, strong foundation must first begin with medication.

 

Since bipolar disorder is a chemical imbalance of the brain, medication helps to control these chemicals, and restore them to their proper balance, thus – when your medication is working properly – alleviating your bipolar symptoms.

 

Unfortunately, there is no cure for bipolar disorder at this time.  Therefore, you will have to take medication for the rest of your life, both balancing the chemicals in your brain and allowing you to stay stable.  Do not be fooled by the fact that you will feel better – it is the being on medication that is making you feel this way – so do NOT go off your medications by yourself.

 

Therapy

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the traditional therapy used with people who have bipolar disorder. 

 

This type of therapy is an attempt to re-correct the thoughts of someone with the disorder.  For example, a depressed person might think, "I'm worthless," and suffer from problems with self-esteem.  On the other hand, someone with mania would be just the opposite.

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy also helps the person with bipolar disorder deal with the general issues surrounding living with the disorder.

 

Having bipolar disorder, the person might also need Family Therapy, as the disorder doesn't just affect them; it affects the whole family.  Family Therapy uses strategies to reduce the level of distress within the family that may either contribute to or result from the symptoms of the person's disorder.