Bipolar Disorder Treatment

Bipolar disorder therapy comprises medication and psychotherapy and psychosocial treatments as a component of an overall treatment strategy. Therapy improves the patient’s adherence to medication, their understanding of the illness, and it helps with managing the symptoms.

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Purpose of Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

Numerous approaches and techniques are used in bipolar disorder therapy to assist patients with daily functioning while reducing the negative impacts that the disorder has on their life. Talking with a therapist about the psychological, emotional, and behavioral problems that are creating symptoms and suffering helps patients better understand their condition. They can develop tactics to manage the disorder while finding relief and support in being able to communicate their personal difficulties.

Experiencing a genuine connection with the therapist who offers hope helps improve the healing process. Psychotherapists who specialize in mental health provide a wide range of psychotherapies together with medication. Medication for bipolar such as antipsychotics helps to stabilize the patient’s mood and lessen the severity of the symptoms.

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Types of bipolar disorders

bipolar disorder I

Bipolar I disorder

Manic episodes that persist for at least seven consecutive days or the person has manic symptoms that are so severe they need emergency hospital care, Depressive episodes frequently happen that last for about two weeks.

bipolar II disorder

Bipolar II disorder

The pattern of depressed and hypomanic episodes that characterizes bipolar II disorder is less severe than the manic episodes that occur in bipolar I disorder. These episodes can last a few days or up to two weeks.

Cyclothymic disorder therapy

Cyclothymic disorder

Recurrent hypomanic and depressive symptoms that are not severe enough or persistent enough to be classified as hypomanic or depressive episodes are the features of cyclothymic disorder. Intermittent psychological highs and lows are among the symptoms, which may get worse over time.

Mixed bipolar disorder therapy

Mixed bipolar disorder

When a person is suffering a manic or depressive episode, they have mixed characteristics, which are the coexistence of high and low symptoms that happen concurrently or as part of a single episode.

Your Local Psychiatrist NYC advantages and experience in offline & online treatment for bipolar disorder

Online therapy for bipolar disorder is just as effective as in-person therapy and it offers wider accessibility to mental health care, as well as cost saving and convenience benefits. The Your Local Psychiatrist team is experienced and qualified in providing treatment through online channels or with face-to-face consultations. Every patient’s needs and preferences are our priority.

  • Board Certified and highly experienced providers
  • Individual approach to patients
  • Easy-to-access online psychiatry and psychotherapy services
  • Electronic prescriptions
  • Portal access to your providers and appointments
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Bipolar disorder treatment methodology

The goals of a comprehensive bipolar disorder treatment program include symptom relief, regaining function, resolving personal, work, or school issues, and lowering the risk of recurrence. Medication keeps symptoms under control and minimizes the highs and lows. 

Therapies for bipolar disorder include different forms of psychotherapy and interpersonal and social rhythm therapy. The patient and therapist work to identify and resolve problems and triggers. This helps the patient reclaim control over their life.

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FAQs about bipolar disorder treatment

Do I need therapy for bipolar disorder?

Medication together with psychotherapy are vital for treating bipolar disorder. Without therapy, symptoms can worsen and lead to severe personal problems. Medication alone does not provide the best long-term outcome.

How long is treatment for bipolar disorder?

A typical course of bipolar disorder treatment consists of 16-20 sessions over a period of 6-9 months. Treatment varies for every patient, so duration will depend on the severity of the symptoms.

What is the success rate of treatment for bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder cannot be cured, but it is treatable with a high success rate of 80%. There are a number of coping mechanisms that can improve a person’s quality of life by lessening the intensity and frequency of the symptoms.

Is online therapy for bipolar disorder effective?

Online therapy (telepsychiatry) is an extremely successful approach for treating bipolar disorder. It is particularly effective for people who have mobility and transport issues, and for those who live in rural or remote areas.

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