Bipolar disorder is a recurring illness and hence long-term treatment is warranted. Remember, the treatment continues even during periods when you feel better. You may be always closely monitored by a team of psychologists, social workers, and psychiatric nurses.
The main goals of treatment for bipolar disorder include,
- Reducing the severity of mania or depression symptoms
- Reduce the frequency of episodes
- Avoid cycling from one phase to another
- Help the patient function as best as possible between episodes
The primary treatment plan includes medication and psychotherapy for preventing relapse and reducing symptom severity.