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Mental Health Concerns
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disruptions in daily routines, sleep- wake habits, and family
functioning). There are other possible “triggers” of bipolar
episodes, including a change in medication, sleep
deprivation, hypothyroidism, or trauma. . Bipolar episodes
can and often do occur without any obvious trigger.
How is bipolar disorder treated?
Bipolar disorder is a treatable and manageable illness. With
accurate diagnosis and a good treatment plan, most people
can recover and live well. Medication is an essential element
of successful treatment for bipolar disorder. In addition,
psychosocial therapies including cognitive-behavioral
therapy, interpersonal therapy, family therapy, and
psychoeducation are important to help people understand
the illness and to internalize skills to cope with the stresses
that can trigger episodes. Changes in medications or doses
may be necessary as well as changes in treatment plans
during different stages of the illness.
Resources:
Self-Assessment:
mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/default.aspx?&n=1
National Alliance on Mental Illness:
nami.org
National Institute of Mental Health:
nimh.nih.gov
An Unquiet Mind
. Jamison, Kay Redfield. 1995.
One Hundred Questions and Answers about (Bipolar Manic-
Depressive) Disorder
. Albrecht, Ava T., M.D. and Charles
Herrick, M.D. 2007.