Treating Bipolar Disorder

by Chicago Lakeshore Hospital

Chicago Lakeshore Hospital is a private behavioral health and addiction treatment hospital. In addition to drug treatment programs, the Illinois-based Chicago Lakeshore Hospital provides psychiatric services for bipolar disorder. There is no cure for bipolar disorder; however, greater control over mood swings and other symptoms may be gained through proper treatment. Because bipolar disorder is a lifelong recurring illness, continuous treatment is needed to minimize symptoms. Effective treatment includes a combination of psychotherapy and medications.

Medications that treat bipolar disorder are mood stabilizers, atypical antipsychotics, and antidepressants. People with bipolar disorder are most often treated with mood stabilizers. Atypical antipsychotics are sometimes used in conjunction with other medications. It is categorized as “atypical” to separate it from earlier generations of medication. Lastly, antidepressants are sometimes used along with a mood stabilizer to help with the symptoms of bipolar disorder. In addition to the use of medications, bipolar disorder can be treated with psychotherapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy, family-focused therapy, psycho-education, and interpersonal therapy can be used to minimize symptoms.