Bipolar disorder is an illness that lasts a lifetime and needs careful management. Often, people with co-occurring mental health disorders and addiction struggle to find treatment due to the complexity of their needs. Find out what treatment exists for people with bipolar disorder and why it is not always what people think of when they consider treatment options.
The main way people seek help for bipolar disorder is through medication. This helps people with bipolar illness manage symptoms and function well in everyday life. A person who has bipolar disorder tends to experience mania (highs) and lows (depression). Medication stabilizes the person’s mood so they can function without the highs and lows. Drug therapy varies for each person, so it is important to speak with a treating physician and psychiatrist about symptoms. Medication may need to be adjusted or changed accordingly. Some of the following are medications that may be used:
- Anticonvulsants like Depakote or Topamax
- Antipsychotics like Haldol and Thorazine
- Atypical antipsychotics like Zyprexa and Seroquel
- Antidepressants like serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) including Zoloft or Prozac
- Antidepressants that do not fit into categories like Wellbutrin or Benzodiazepines, which may depress a person’s central nervous system are used to treat anxiety, insomnia, and seizures
A key component of this illness is seeking psychological support mechanisms. This includes group and individual therapy when dealing with addiction recovery. Individual therapy with mental health professionals can provide support for changing the mood, triggers that lead to depressive episodes or learning coping skills for the mood swings. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and family treatment are different kinds of treatment modalities that can be offered, as well.
Making sure a person gets enough rest is key to their growth and healing in recovery. A doctor and therapist will discuss strategies to manage lifestyle. This means getting good food, drinking enough water, getting away from drugs or alcohol that may interfere with treatment, and finding support in loved ones and support groups.
Treatment in a professional environment is the best way to engage with this disorder. Bipolar disorder is best managed by a team of people who understand the individual’s history and can help them get the best support, along with a treatment plan, that can help the person move forward with their lives and find healing.
A Step in the Right Direction provides quality care for clients seeking support for addiction recovery. Finding help is key to managing mental health issues and addiction. We are equipped with therapists and a program that supports your unique needs in recovery. For more information on sober living programs for men and women as well as recovery programs, call (877) 377-3702