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Diagnosis depends on episode lengths and characteristics.
Doctors can use a mood disorder questionnaire to help get a more accurate diagnosis. Family members may be consulted to help doctors learn about an individual’s daily experiences.
People who have severe manic or depressive episode may require hospitalization. If you or a loved one has signs of manic episodes, contact your doctor right away.
Treating bipolar disorder can help control episodes, prevent self-injury, and increase daily enjoyment.
The best treatments for bipolar disorder are a combination of medications to control symptoms and psychotherapy options like cognitive behavioral therapy.
Treatment options include:
- Support programs
- Electroconvulsive therapy