Do you feel fatigued or sleepy all day? Do you get angry at the slightest provocation? Are you feeling hopeless and worthless all the time? Well then, you have probably developed bipolar disorder. But don’t worry as there are many methods of treatment for bipolar disorder.  

Let us first have a close look at the disease. Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric disorder which can be caused by genetic or environmental factors. It can be inherited by children from their parents. Also, siblings and identical twins can have the disease because of a shared gene pool. In a full blown case of this disorder, patients have mood swings, acute depression, low self-esteem, and aggression, hyperactivity and other extreme behaviors.  

Despite the contradictions and lack of a clear understanding of the causes of the disease, psychiatrists have been able to arrive at a consensus on the proper treatment for bipolar disorder.  In a nutshell, this is a combination of medication, counseling for coping mechanisms, and group support therapy. During the treatment, the love and support of family and friends plays a vital role in stabilizing the mind of the patient. Patients prefer to be close to their dear ones at this critical stage. And the good news is that most of the time, patients respond well to treatment and are able to control their moods swings successfully.  

The treatment for bipolar disorder involves non-drug therapy and medication. During the therapeutic session, patients are guided by the specialist on how to cope with the cyclic nature of the disorder. At this stage, in some cases, doctors conduct what is called the bright-light therapy. This treatment has recently shown productive results in curing the winter depression, which is also a form of bipolar disorder. In the first phase of medication, patients are treated for their uncontrollable symptoms. These medications help suppress their psychotic behavior that can result from extreme manic episodes. The medicines used in this period are called the mood stabilizers. In the second phase, the medications are used to prevent the onset of future manic episodes.  

The treatment for bipolar disorder is completely based on the symptoms. During treatment however, patients may have to do a couple of blood and urine tests to check the amount of salts and sugar in the body. Tests for brain infection can also be conducted. Also, family members of patients must be alert at all the times to call the emergency help line if the situation so demands.  

Treatment of bipolar disorder may be time consuming depending on the intensity and severity of the disease. During this time, patients need support and backing from their family as the disease is all mental and emotional. Patients want their loved ones to have complete faith in them.