... bipolar how does the depression get treated
Generally bipolar disorder is treated with more than one medication. One for the depression and one for the mania. For example, I take the antidepressant Pristiq for my depression and the medication Abilify for controlling the mania from the mood swings.
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Same for me as Laurie. This is the general way Bipolar Disorder is treated. Bipolar Disorder use to be called Manic Depression because Bi meaning two and Polar means opposites. So with Bipolar Disorder you suffer from Depression and Mania. So the doctor usually treats you with 1, 2 and maybe more medications, it depends on your symptoms. Starting out they start with one at a time to see how each medicine will work. I take one Wellabutrin for depression and Depakote as a mood stabilizer, thus helping with the mania. I hope this has not been too complicated and was some help to you. Please write me if you have any questions or just want to talk.
Hi, i'm just confirming the responses you've already received... I take Citalopram in the morning for my depression and Amitriptyline at night, also an anti-depressant, and i take Seroquel for bipolar. It is almost impossible to treat bipolar and depression with just one medication
A few things:
The people who have responded may be correct that it is COMMON for bipolar disorder to be treated with multiple medications. *BUT* because the severity of depression and mania GREATLY VARIES from patient to patient, you should NOT feel as though it is the ONLY way to treat it!
-(Take It Slow!)-
Your doctor may be trying the first medication to see how you react to it. It is RARELY a good idea to start, stop, OR change more than ONE medication at a time (especially new ones.) So it may just be a starting point.
-(Give It a Chance!)-
Another possibility is that your doctor feels as though the one medication may help treat you on it's own. Bipolar disorder is characterized by both mania and depression, therefore, a medication made specifically for the disorder is probably going to help treat BOTH (oftentimes by helping stabilize the mood.) HOWEVER, be aware that it is not advised for bipolar disorder to be treated only with antidepressants, which will likely cause an even more unstable mood due to only treating one side of the spectrum.
So, in short, DON'T BE DISCOURAGED just because you're not being treated the way SOME people say is "correct". Everybody's different so you MUST take your own case as UNIQUE. Learn from others' experiences, BUT work with your doctor to create a treatment plan that's good for YOU. If you have concerns about something, do NOT hesitate to share them with your doctor. Be as honest as possible ALL THE TIME, and include anything that's been on your mind in the conversation you have with them (I often suggest writing things down in between appointments.)
So good luck to you! Remember to always give new treatments a chance (once you're comfortable with them.) You never know when something might work out just right!
(Sorry my posts tend to be extensive, I'm only trying to be thorough!) :)
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