Although there is no cure for bipolar disorder at this time, with proper treatment people can gain a measure of control over their mood swings and other symptoms.  Bipolar disorder is a lifelong, recurrent illness that requires continuous long-term treatment in order to control the symptoms.  The most effective treatment combines medication with psychotherapy to prevent relapses and reduce the severity of symptoms.  Lifestyle choices such as diet, sleep, and exercise can also effect one’s quality of life.

When embarking on any type of treatment plan one should consult their doctor or other medical professional.  A treatment plan needs to be tailored to each individual.  There are a number of different types of medications that have proven to be effective for people with bipolar disorder but consultation with medical professionals is required to find the right one(s).  There are different kinds of therapy such as group, individual, interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and family focused therapy.  Healthcare professionals can help you understand what type of therapy is right for you.

Patient Assistance Drug Programs

Drugs are an important part of living with bipolar disorder.  But drugs can be expensive, especially for those without health insurance or with high deductibles.  Many drug companies have programs to provide drugs free of charge to physicians for patients who cannot afford the drugs.  Below is a link to a comprehensive list of these drug companies and the contact information.  Please note we have not verified any of this information.

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