Your child has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and now you are wondering what treatment options are available, and which ones are best for your child. The good news is that there are a number of effective treatment methods available, the difficult part is determining what type of bipolar help will work best for your child.
Bipolar help is available in four basic forms, medication, psychotherapy, electroconvulsive therapy and self-care. In most cases, several are used in combination to provide the most effective treatment. By working closely with your child’s physician and therapist, you will be able to find which one is most effective for your child. There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to bipolar help.
Medication is often a major component of bipolar help. It may be used to help stabilize your child’s mood, relieve depression, and help re-establish regular sleep patterns. There are numerous medications available for treating bipolar disorder, and most take several weeks to begin working. If your child is placed on medication you will want to work very closely with your child’s doctor and/or therapist until it is determined that the medication is working well. Your child may have to try several different types of medication to find one that is effective for him or her. Educate yourself about the medication your child is prescribed and watch your child closely for any adverse reactions. Medication can be a powerful and important form of bipolar help, but not every child reacts well to every medication.
Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, often goes hand-in-hand with medication as a form of bipolar help. It can also be used a stand-alone tool when a child does not respond well to, or does not need, medication. A good therapist will help your child understand their behavior and how to deal with their feelings. It will take time and a lot of effort to see results from psychotherapy, but the results are often worth it. Choosing a therapist can also be a daunting task. Ask for recommendations from your child’s medical doctor or a local hospital. Talk with the therapist to make sure you and your child will be comfortable with the process they plan to use.
Electroconvulsive therapy is an additional form of bipolar help that has proven to be very effective, especially in cases when medication cannot be tolerated. Despite its connotations, modern electroconvulsive therapy is painless. The patient is not awake for the therapy, and suffers no discomfort. The procedure does however, carry certain medical risks which you will want to discuss with your child’s doctor before proceeding.
In order to determine which form or combination of bipolar help is right for your child, you should talk with the child’s medical physician and counselor. Since it is impossible to know from the beginning which methods will work best for your child it is likely that it will take some experimentation to find the best form of treatment.