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Which bipolar medication is right for you?
November 19, 2021 at 5:00 AM
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Almost 10 million Americans are living with bipolar disorder. A combination of a healthy lifestyle, therapy, and the right bipolar medication can make life normal again. The right treatment plan can ensure you live a fulfilled and happy life, effectively managing your bipolar disorder. It’s important to remember that there are several types of bipolar and related disorders: bipolar I disorder, bipolar II disorder, and cyclothymic disorder. There are also other types of bipolar disorders. If you think you might be suffering from bipolar disorder and require medication, it’s important to get in touch with your doctor.

Symptoms of bipolar disorder

Symptoms of bipolar disorder include mania or hypomania, and depression. Bipolar disorder can cause a person to have unpredictable changes in mood and behavior. When someone is experiencing a manic or a hypomanic episode, they may show the following symptoms: Increased energy and upbeatness, an exaggerated sense of self-confidence, sleeping less, racing thoughts, and engaging in risky behavior.

A depressive bipolar episode may include symptoms such as feeling sad, a decrease in appetite and weight loss, sleeping issues like insomnia or sleeping too much, low energy, decreased concentration, and indecisiveness.

Types of bipolar medications

There are several types of bipolar medications available and all must be prescribed.

1. Mood stabilizers: This medication helps control manic or hypomanic episodes by stabilizing your mood. Examples of mood stabilizers include lithium, valproic acid, divalproex sodium, carbamazepine, and lamotrigine.

2. Antipsychotics: Adding an antipsychotic drug can be bene