Published: 01/12/2024Last Updated: 01/12/2024Reviewed By: Dr. Melissa Boudin, PsyD

Find a Therapist for Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder characterized by impairing episodes of mania. These manic episodes will likely disrupt an individual’s normal daily living routine. Most individuals with BPD also experience episodes of major depression, though this is not required for the diagnosis.

Treating Bipolar Disorder

Treatment for bipolar disorder involves a combination of medication, therapy, education, lifestyle changes, and social support. It is a complex disorder that can take different forms that involve somewhat different specific treatments. The most effective treatment for bipolar disorder depends on an accurate diagnosis and a comprehensive treatment plan.

Therapy for Bipolar Disorder

Therapy is essential in all phases of bipolar treatment, as symptoms of BPD cannot be managed by medication alone. The support of a therapist is critical for identifying and managing symptoms as well as for gaining tools to cope with the difficulties of life with bipolar.

Commonly used therapy techniques for BPD treatment include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal and social rhythm therapy (IPSRT), family therapy, and group therapy.

It’s common to pair therapy with medication as part of treatment. Medications for bipolar disorder are typically prescribed by a psychiatrist or primary care physician.

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