impact of bipolar
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)
- 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.
- IMPACT of Bipolar Study 2012 (data on file)