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What is bipolar disorder? continued

Bipolar disorder symptoms commonly improve with treatment. Medication is the corner stone of bipolar disorder treatment, and talk therapy also called psychotherapy can help many patients learn about their illness and adhere to medication's, preventing future mood episodes.

Medication, known as mood stabilizers, example lithium, are the most common prescribed type of medication for bipolar disorder. These medications are believed to correct imbalanced brain signaling. Because bipolar disorder is a chronic illness in which mood episodes typically recur, ongoing preventive treatment is recommended. Bipolar disorder treatment is specific for each individual person with bipolar disorder. People with bipolar disorder may need to try different medication before finding what works best for them.

Since bipolar disorder can cause serious disruptions in a persons daily life and create a stressful family situation, family members may also benefit from professional resources, particularly mental health advocacy and support groups. From these sources families can learn strategies for coping, participating actively in the treatment and obtaining support.

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