Bipolar Disorder (cont.)
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There is no known surgery at this time to treat bipolar disorder.
Almost all people who have bipolar disorder need medicine. But counseling is also important to help you cope with work and relationship struggles related to your illness.
Other Treatment Choices
Types of counseling used to treat bipolar disorder include:
In some cases, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be an option. In this procedure, brief electrical stimulation to the brain is given through electrodes placed on the head. The stimulation produces a short seizure that is thought to balance brain chemicals.
Omega-3 fatty acids have been getting some attention as a possible complementary treatment for bipolar disorder. But more research is needed to prove the effectiveness of omega-3 fatty acids in treating this condition.11, 12
What To Think About
Establish a long-term relationship with a counselor you like. The counselor will help you recognize personality changes that show when you are moving into a mood episode. Getting early treatment can reduce the length of the mood episode.
Bipolar disorder also affects family members. They need to understand the disorder and how to help you cope.
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