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Can bipolar disorder be cured?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

There is no cure for bipolar disorder. The imbalances in the brain cannot be permanently reversed and people who do not effectively treat their symptoms go on to have more episodes. A regimen of medication and preventative measures like adequate sleeping and exercise can keep manic and depressive symptoms to a minimum. A combination of medication including mood balancers, a healthy lifestyle that avoids non-medical drugs and alcohol, and cognitive and behavioral therapy is the most effective form of lifelong bipolar treatment.

Because there is, as yet, no cure for bipolar disorder, the disorder must be treated throughout life, and managed on a daily basis to help prevent recurrences. Left untreated, the natural course of bipolar disorder generally worsens. But with effective treatment, you can live an enjoyable, productive life. Research has shown that medications taken to keep mood swings at bay reduce changes to the brain usually seen as the disease progresses if untreated.

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