Treatments for Bipolar Disorder
- Medicines to stabilize mood
- Diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions that appear to be bipolar disorder, such as abnormal thyroid function or renal failure
- Counseling to provide you and your family with support, education, and guidance
- Possible electroconvulsive therapy in severe cases
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