Help for Bipolar Disorder
Anyone with bipolar disorder should be under the
care of a psychiatrist skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of this
Help can be found at:
Other mental health professionals, such as psychologists and
psychiatric social workers, can assist in providing the patient and his
or her family with additional approaches to
University--or medical school--affiliated programs
Hospital departments of psychiatry
Private psychiatric offices and clinics
Health maintenance organizations
Offices of family physicians, internists, and pediatricians
Print and fill in a Mood Chart and take it to your doctor.
People with manic-depressive
illness often need help to get help.
Often people with this disorder do not recognize how impaired they are
or blame their problems on some cause other than mental illness.
People with bipolar disorder need strong encouragement from family and
friends to seek treatment. Family physicians can play an important role
for such referral.
If this does not work, loved ones must take the patient for proper
mental health evaluation and treatment. If the person is in the midst
of a severe episode, he or she may have to be committed to a
hospital for his or her own protection and for much needed treatment.
Anyone who is considering suicide needs immediate attention, preferably
from a mental health professional or a physician; school counselors and
members of the clergy can also assist in detecting
suicidal tendencies and/or making a referral for more definitive
assessment or treatment. With appropriate help and treatment, it is
possible to overcome suicidal tendencies.
It is important for patients to understand that bipolar disorder will
not go away, and that continued compliance with treatment is needed to
keep the disease under control.
Ongoing encouragement and support are needed after the person obtains
treatment, because it may take a while to discover what therapeutic
regimen is best for that particular patient.
Many people receiving treatment also benefit from joining mutual
support groups such as those sponsored by the National Depressive and
Manic Depressive Association (NDMDA) the National Alliance for
the Mentally Ill (NAMI) and the National Mental Health Association.
Families and friends of people with bipolar disorder can also benefit
from mutual support groups such as those sponsored by NDMDA and NAMI.
from: National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)