Results of impact of bipolar


Successful management

While there is no cure for bipolar I disorder, it is a treatable condition. Treatment often includes a combination of medications and psychotherapy, support and education. Medication includes mood stabilisers such as lithium and some anti-convulsants, and antipsychotics.1

The majority of participants reported that during a period of mania they do things which put their own safety at risk and this was their top priority for a new treatment to address. Over a third (35%) also rated the fact that they "sometimes feel depressed during a manic phase" as one of the most important things for a new treatment to address.2

Successful treatment of mania would empower me to be in control and be happy." Bipolar patient, UK (Patient focus group, 2011)

References

  1. National Institute of Mental Health. Bipolar Disorder 2009. Available at: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/bipolar-disorder/nimh-bipolar-adults.pdf. Accessed August 2012.
  2. IMPACT of Bipolar Study 2012 (data on file)
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