Bipolar mania requires treatment. While there is currently no cure for bipolar disorder, many patients can manage their symptoms with proper treatment. Usually, a psychiatrist will guide the treatment through a treatment team that might include psychologists, social workers, and psychiatric nurses.
Primary treatments for bipolar disorder include medications; individual, group, or family psychological counseling (psychotherapy); or education and support groups. As a patient, you may need to begin taking medications right away. Once symptoms are under control, work with your doctor and psychotherapist to find the best long-term treatment.
A number of medications are used to treat bipolar disorder. In some cases, doctors may prescribe more than one type of medication to manage this condition. It is important to take medications as prescribed and discuss any questions about medications with the doctor.
Psychotherapy, or "talk" therapy, can be an effective part of bipolar disorder treatment. Though there are several different forms of psychotherapy, the goal of each is to provide support, education, and guidance to patients and their families.
There are times when treatment at a hospital may be necessary for some patients, which can include options such as partial hospitalization or day treatment programs. Hospital programs provide support and counseling while getting symptoms under control.