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Why do people with bipolar disorder often need more than one medication?

If you have bipolar disorder, you may need more than one medication to fully control and treat all your symptoms. In this video, psychiatrist Amanda Itzkoff, MD, dispels the negative stigma of taking more than one medication to treat this illness.
John Preston, PsyD
Psychology
Medication is one of the three pillars of bipolar treatment (medication regimens, education, and psychotherapy). Many people with bipolar disorder must take multiple medications each day to stay balanced, because without proper and consistent medication, they can experience dangerous and unsettling mood swings.
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