What are the nondrug treatment options for bipolar affective disorder (manic-depressive illness)?

Updated: May 30, 2019
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Psychotherapy may help to decrease relapse rates, improve quality of life, and/or increase functioning, or more favorable symptom improvement. [4]

Electroconvulsive therapy may be useful in selected patients with bipolar disorder.

See Treatment and Medication for more detail.

What is bipolar disorder? Bipolar disorder, sometimes known as manic depression, is a type of mental disorder where people experience periods of extreme lows, known as depression, as well as periods of extreme highs, or manic episodes. Courtesy of Osmosis.org (https://www.osmosis.org/).

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