Bipolar disorder is a disorder of the brain.  The person goes through bouts of very high mood swings, becoming irritable, overly enthusiastic in handling issues, overly impulsive and speaking so rapidly that the listener is unable to decipher the speech.  Bipolar disorder treatment is possible only with the help of the psychiatrists. This behavior could be very startling at the office.  If a person is a chronic patient then, the family may become aware of the signs of the bipolar disorder and provide help as advised by the doctor.

The experts suggest a long–term form of treatment for this disorder. This is because of the very nature of the disorder.  As the patient suffers from this disorder over a long period of time, there can be no one-time solution or treatment.  It is not like healing a wound.  This disorder is like a wound on the mind therefore, requires a lot of time, patience, discipline and love from the care-givers as well as the patient himself.  Doctors prescribe long-term medication even during periods when there have been no attacks.  It is essential to maintain the electrolyte balance inside the body to be symptom-free.

The prescription for bipolar disorder treatment needs to be reinforced with other forms of treatment.  The most essential would be therapy, relaxation techniques, counseling and probably even life style changes.  A very crucial factor to these treatments is social acceptance.

The American Psychiatric Association has accepted the use of Lithium and a drug Lamictal since April 2002 in bipolar disorder treatment.  Lamictal is a drug that stops convulsions.  Some doctors would even combine Lamictal and Lithium to handle extreme conditions of depression or aggressive behavior. When the patient shows severe signs of illness, the drugs prescribed will include Lithium and an antidepressant like Wellbutrin or Paxil.

Other drugs that may be used are Zyprexa which is an antipsychotic. This is sometimes combined with Zoloft, an antidepressant drug.  Usually, a combination of antipsychotic and antidepressant medication is the bipolar disorder treatment doctors tend to follow.

The final stage of treatment would be the use of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT). This modality is considered only when all other bipolar disorder treatments have failed to calm the patient back to normal.  This treatment is effective almost three-fourths of the times it is used for treatment. Some of the new bipolar disorder treatments are VNS or vagus nerve stimulation and rTMS or repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation.