What Are the Latest Treatments for Bipolar Affective Disorder? Is There News of Hope in the Future?

Question by Pan: What are the latest treatments for Bipolar Affective Disorder? Is there news of hope in the future?

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Answer by PsychProf
Well I’m not sure that the lastest treatments are much different from some of the treatments that have been used in the recent past. Most persons with bipolar disoder can get good control of the mood swings with medication; lithium is usually very effective in controlling mania and preventing the recurrence of both manic and depressive episodes. The anticonvulsants carbamazepine and valproate also stabilize mood, especially in diffiult to manage cases, and can be used in combination with lithium. Some persons have found that taking prescribed thyroid supplements may help. The best thing for you to do is to find a psychiatrist that you feel comfortable with and have a long talk about your treatment and what is working and not working for you. Yahoo Answers is really not a substitute for having medical and psychological treatment.

There are some things that you can do to make treatment more effective. A good diet and regular exercise will be helpful. http://www.apa.org/releases/exercise.html

There is some evidence that taking Omega 3 Fatty Acids will be useful, especially with the depressive part:

Having a stable social environment is also very helpful, including family life, friends, your job and activities that you engage in for fun. Therapists can help you if you need some help with your attitude, your relationships and your job.

Bipolar disorder can be disheartening to the person with the disorder and to family and friends. Hang in there, and take charge of the situation.

Answer by Marion
The above answer is correct. How come you didn’t award the 10 points?

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