What talk therapies are effective for bipolar
and can people be treated for bipolar without medication?
Let’s do the second one first. Generally speaking, medicine is the way to go with bipolar disorder.
We don’t have a lot of evidence that therapy
helps for bipolar at least in a direct way of decreasing mania or
improving mood, especially when it’s that severe for bipolar. Medicine is usually the
option. Most doctors are likely to encourage you to stay
on it as long as possible, if not for life. The therapies usually come in to help people
identify patterns in terms of what things might trigger
manic or depressive episodes, to provide support and education and also to help families. Someone
asked, “How can my husband and I cope with his bipolar diagnosis?” I would say to see
a therapist for those things or join a support group.
There are people who have been there or people who understand and the professionals, generally,
are really good at just helping people get a structure
and build their life around the bipolar idea. The thing
is, when people here that they’re bipolar, they immediately just start to think their
whole life is going to come falling apart, which doesn’t have to
be the case, but it does have to be treated actively and I think
you should be consulting with a therapist as to how it does impact relationships and
things like that.