Bipolar disorder is an illness that causes extreme mood changes, from times of very high energy (manic episodes) to times of depression. But many people with bipolar disorder show only the symptoms of depression. These moods may cause problems with your work, school, family life, friendships, and how well you function.
This disease is also called manic-depression.
There is no cure for bipolar disorder, but it can be helped with medicines. Counselling may also help. It is important to take your medicines exactly as prescribed, even when you feel well. You may need lifelong treatment.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:
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Current as of: July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health
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