Maybe you’ve just been diagnosed, family member or a friend with Bipolar disorder. It can be scary and it a confusing time. You might have no clue where to go for help, or what to expect. Today, let’s take a look at what to look for in treatment plans.
Successful treatment of bipolar disorder depends on a combination of factors. Medication alone is not enough. In order to get the most out of treatment, it’s important to educate yourself about the illness, communicate with your doctors and therapists, have a strong support system, and help yourself by making healthy lifestyle choices that may reduce your need for medication. It’s important to stick to your treatment plan, reassessing with your doctor as changes in your life occur.
1. Medication- Some might be wanting to turn this down. Please don’t. It can really help. My husband was one of those who didn’t want to take medicine, but I can tell you it has made a world of difference for him.
2. Psychotherapy- You will need this. Working with a therapist can help you to learn how to deal better when these episodes hit. To can also help to repair damaged relationships and coping mechanisms.
3. Day treatment programs. Your doctor may recommend a day treatment program. These programs provide the support and counseling you need while you get symptoms under control.
4. Support- It’s very important to have a support system. People who will be there for you. To talk to, pray with and help you through these difficult times that will come along with bipolar.
These are just a few things to look for and what type of treatments are out there.
Allyson is a published author, blogger, wife and mom to 4 kids. Three of her children are on the autism spectrum. She suffers from anxiety and panic attacks. On her blog, you can find her writing about being an author, her faith, and family. She resides in Indiana with her loving husband and four wonderful children, dog and three cats. She’s addicted to knitting and coffee.