What is the role of prevention in the management of bipolar affective disorder (manic-depressive illness)?

Updated: May 06, 2018
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Prevention is the key to the long-term treatment of bipolar disorders, or manic-depressive illness (MDI), as follows:

  • First, use medications such as lithium serve as mood stabilizers

  • Second, psychoeducation is instituted for the patient and the patient’s family; it is critical that the patient and the patient’s family understand and recognize the importance of medication compliance and the early signs of mania and depression


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