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What Is The Treatment For Bipolar Disorder?


What is the treatment for Bipolar Disorder?  This article will discuss the treatment for Bipolar Disorder.  This article mentions treatment for Bipolar Disorder can consist of medication and light therapy.  As discussed in this article, it includes medication that consists of atypical antipsychotics, antidepressants, in addition to light therapy.

Medication-Atypical Anitpsychotics

According to, the first type of treatment for Bipolar Disorder is atypical antipsychotics.  The most common medication used to treat Bipolar Disorder is atypical antipsychotics.  According to, some examples of atypical antipsychotic medications for Bipolar Disorder include risperidone (Risperdal), olanzapine (Zyprexa), quetiapine (Seroquel), and ziprasidone (Geodon).


According to, the second type of treatment for Bipolar Disorder is antidepressants.  Antidepressants are used during the depressive episodes of Bipolar Disorder and once depression has decreased antidepressants gradually are decreased.  According to, examples of antidepressants include fluoxetine (Prozac), fluvoxamine (Luvox), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), citalopram (Celexa), bupropion (Wellbutrin), nefazodone (Serzone) or venlaflaxine (Effexor).

Light Therapy

According to, the third type of treatment for Bipolar Disorder is light therapy.  Light therapy is used for the treatment of depressive episodes.  As mentioned in this article, light therapy exposes individuals to artificial light which is an imitation of real light.  In return, this decreases individuals levels of depression.

Self-Help Strategies For Bipolar Disorder

According to, self-help strategies are also good to have when struggling with Bipolar Disorder.  One self-help strategy includes learning more about your diagnosis.  It is important to know what your symptoms are.  It is also important to know what triggers your symptoms.  If you do not know what triggers your symptoms, you are not going to improve.  One tip to figure out what triggers your symptoms is journaling.  When you have a visual picture of what goes on in your mind, you have a better idea of how to control it.


If you are suffering from Bipolar symptoms, you do not have to suffer from bipolar symptoms for the rest of your life.  Be proactive and seek treatment.  Three types of treatment have been mentioned in this article.  They include medication, including atypical antipsychotics and antidepressants.  Another type of treatment mentioned in this article is light therapy.  Consider giving this type of therapy a try.  A third and final type of treatment is self-help strategies for the treatment of Bipolar Disorder.  One self-help strategy mentioned in this article is learning more about your diagnosis.

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What Is The Treatment For Bipolar Disorder?

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2017). What Is The Treatment For Bipolar Disorder?. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 27, 2020, from


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