Which treatments are most effective?

Combination medications including mood stabilisers, antidepressants, or antipsychotics are the main treatment options for bipolar disorder. Patients may need to try several types or combinations of medications before finding a treatment regime that suits them best. Response to treatment depends on a person’s dominant polarity (mania or depression), their propensity to switch between mood states, and the severity of their symptoms. A clinician, usually a psychiatrist, is the best person to guide you through these treatment options.

Treatments other than pharmaceutical have also been investigated for bipolar disorder. Potentially effective treatments include; light therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation, cognitive behavioural therapy, and psychoeducation.

April 2019

Last updated at: 11:57 pm, 9th April 2019

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