The first, and most important, step in treating bipolar disorder is to learn about the illness. There are several areas to focus on with a personal education regarding the disorder – the symptoms, the day-to-day experiences, and discovering the existence of other mental health issues.
With the help of a doctor you can find the balance of medications that will work to help manage the symptoms of the disorder. The mix will usually involve a combination of antidepressants and anti mania drugs. These can include: Depakote, Trileptal, Zyprexa, and Lamictal. The doctor may also recommend Prozac. The doctor will discuss the side effects of these medications.
The use of psychotherapy will help prevent a relapse of the disorder’s symptoms. This, combined with the medical treatment is the standard way of treating the symptoms of Bipolar Disorder.
A first visit to the doctor should include a record of your personal experiences, as well as your family history in relation to mental disorders.