Could It Be Bipolar? 7 Signs to Look For

Approximately 1 in 5 people with a bipolar diagnosis also have borderline personality disorder. There are some similarities between the two disorders, but there are also many differences in the symptoms and causes. More research is needed to understand the relationship between them.

How is bipolar treated?

Once you have a diagnosis, your doctor will decide on a treatment program that works best for you. Bipolar treatment may include:

  • medication
  • behavioral therapy
  • substance abuse treatment
  • electroconvulsive therapy

A licensed psychiatrist usually manages your treatment. You may also have a social worker, psychologist, or psychiatric nurse practitioner involved in your care.

Common prescriptions for people with bipolar include mood-stabilizing drugs. Mood stabilizers, such as those containing lithium and valproic acid (Depakene), will help with manic episodes. If mood stabilizers are not enough to improve a person’s quality of life, a doctor may next prescribe antidepressant-antipsychotic drug combinations such as fluoxetine-olanzapine (Symbyax).

Treatment for bipolar must be ongoing. When people stop taking medication or meeting with their doctor, they will likely have manic and depressive episodes again. However, with the proper treatment, bipolar disorder can be controlled and a person can lead a healthy and productive life.