How do I get help for bipolar disorder?
Treatment is best guided by a medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating mental health conditions (psychiatrist) who is skilled in treating bipolar and related disorders. You may have a treatment team that also includes a psychologist, social worker and psychiatric nurse.
Who can I call for bipolar disorder?
If you or a loved one needs help coping with bipolar disorder and managing the effects of depression or mania, call a bipolar crisis hotline for confidential assistance. If you are in danger of harming yourself or others, call 911 immediately.
What organizations help with bipolar disorder?
Bipolar Disorder ResourcesDepression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) National Alliance on Mental Illness. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.27 Sep 2020
Do people with bipolar seek help?
Because of this, people who have bipolar disorder often do not get the medical attention and treatment they require. This is especially true during their euphoric manic periods. People with bipolar disorder are more likely to seek help when they experience a depressive episode.
What is a bipolar crisis?
Bipolar disorder (formerly called manic-depressive illness or manic depression) is a mental disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, concentration, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.
What is a good replacement for lithium?
Second generation mood stabilizing anticonvulsants carbamazepine and valproate are now widely used as alternatives or adjuncts to lithium.
What should bipolar avoid?
What Foods and Drinks Should People With Bipolar Disorder Avoid?Caffeine. “Stimulants can trigger mania and should be avoided,” says Jess G. Alcohol. Alcohol and bipolar disorder are a bad combination. Sugar. Salt. Fat.18 Jan 2021
How long can you stay on lithium?
Your doctor may suggest that you commit to taking lithium for at least six months, possibly longer. This is because it can take some time to make sure the medication is working effectively.