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Bipolar Disorder Treatment

Bipolar Disorder

When difficulties with mood include not just bouts of depression but periods of euphoria, very high energy, and out of character behavior, the issue may not be depression but bipolar disorder.

Patients presenting with troublesome inattention can expect:

1. A comprehensive assessment of the biological, social, and psychological factors involved in the case.

2. Review of relevant records (best to bring them with you)!

3. Collaborative development of a treatment plan that may include:

A: Use of medications where appropriate.

B: Discussion of psychological issues relevant to the case.

C: Referral for consistent psychotherapy where appropriate, usually to another professional.

D: Behavioral interventions, with a focus on lifestyle and habits.

E: Other treatments such as dietary supplements, light therapies, or referral to more intensive treatment programs.

I pride myself in a holistic approach, and this will be applied in those with a bipolar disorder diagnosis. It is important to recognize, however, that medications can play a critical role in the management of this condition. While many different types of treatment can be explored, in times of distress, I may advocate strongly for the use of medications before focusing on other aspects of care.

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