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What are the challenges of following a treatment plan for bipolar disorder?

John Preston, PsyD
Psychology
Following a treatment plan prescribed by your healthcare provider is essential to surviving and thriving with bipolar disorder. Aside from the stigma that accompanies mental illness, the challenge of medication adherence often sabotages treatment of bipolar disorder. A lot of that has to do with the complicated decisions you must make and the blur of various pharmaceutical options that come your way once you've been diagnosed.

Even mental health professionals get confused about the myriad options available for treating bipolar disorder. Many manic or depressive episodes are triggered from noncompliance with medication due to either inadvertent or deliberate misuse of prescribed medications. Despite the frustration of finding the right mix of medications, however, pharmaceutical treatment is still the best way to maintain balanced moods in someone with bipolar disorder.
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