Treatment for Bipolar Disorder
Patients presenting with the above symptoms are evaluated in detail, history details are acquired from the patient’s relative and the mental state of the patient is noted. After making a formal diagnosis, treatment is started in the form of mood stabilising medications. These Mood stabilisers are the mainstay of therapy. Psychotherapy may be started in some cases. But majority of the cases are resolved through medications. Some patients, mainly those with severe illnesses, or relapses, or positive family history may need long-term treatment.
What to expect Post Bipolar Treatment:
Patients usually respond to treatment within 2 weeks or earlier. On medications, patient remain asymptomatic and are able to carry on with their normal lifestyle. Off medications, some patients may have a relapse of symptoms; in such cases, treatment is restarted. In patients with multiple relapses, prophylactic treatment to prevent future relapses is considered.