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.


  • 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 disorder, usually when combined with other psychotic medicines.


  • 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

  • Electroconvulsive Therapy: Shock therapy, performed only in patients with severe bipolar disorder who don’t respond to other treatments
  • Sleep Medications: Only given when, person with bipolar has trouble sleeping