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Bipolar Disorder and Manic Depressive Illness

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You can turn to several different professionals for advice and treatment. The following list describes physicians’ areas of expertise and ways in which they can help:

  • General physicians (such as your family doctor) can diagnose your condition and then refer you to a specialist.
  • Clinical social workers are specially trained to deal with emotional disorders. They can counsel and educate you and your family.
  • Psychiatric nurse practitioners special ize in dealing with people with emotional disorders. They can give you tests, diag nose your depression, and provide med ication and therapy.
  • Psychotherapists can help you cope with your feelings and symptoms.
  • Clinical psychologists can test you, diagnose your depression, and also provide therapy.
  • Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in mental health. They can test you, diagnose your depression, and provide medication and therapy.

There are two stages involved in treating bipolar disorder: acute and preventive.

Acute-stage treatment aims at controlling and ending temporary manic, hypomanic, depressive, or mixed episodes. Once the episodes are under control, preventive-stage treatment aims to keep them from happening again. Preventive-stage treatment is long-term and ongoing.

During both of these stages, treatment consists of three parts:

  • Medication: Prescribed drugs that can control both manic and depressive symptoms.
  • Psychotherapy: Counseling that helps you and your family to deal with the problematic feelings and behavior caused by manic depression.
  • Education: Opportunites for you and your family to learn all about bipolar disorder and the ways to cope with it.

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