b'disruptions in daily routines, sleep- wake habits, and family functioning). There are other possible triggers of bipolar episodes, including a change inmedication, 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.Mental Health Concerns166'