Common Medications and Treatments for Bipolar Disorder

There are various types of treatment that could be used to treat bipolar disorder. Your physician may want to combine therapies for the best result.

 

Drug Category How it works
Mood Stabilizing Medications Generally first choice of medications to treat bipolar disorder.

Helps to control mania and recurrence of manic and depressive episode.

Atypical Antipsychotic Medications Helps to treat symptoms of bipolar, usually when combined with other psychotic medicines.

 

Psychotherapy How it works
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) Helps people with bipolar disorder learn to change harmful or negative thought patterns and behaviors
Family-focused therapy It helps enhance family coping strategies, such as recognizing new episodes early and helping their loved one
Interpersonal and social rhythm therapy Helps people with bipolar disorder improve their relationships with others and manage their daily routines
Psychoeducation Teaches people with bipolar disorder about the illness and its treatment

 

Alternative Treatments How It Works
Electroconvulsive Therapy Shock therapy – performed only in severe bipolar disorder, who is not responding to other treatment.
Sleep Medications Only given when, person with bipolar has trouble sleeping.

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