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Will bipolar disorder worsen if untreated?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
If left untreated, bipolar disorder can worsen. Most people with bipolar disorder are likely to seek mental health treatment for the depressive episodes instead of the hypomania or mania. It is helpful to bring your partner or a family member with you to your doctor's visit if you have bipolar disorder. Someone close to you may notice a difference in behavior or a mood swing that you are not aware of. Your partner or family member may see how you are getting little sleep or having extreme lows or highs in behavior. Your psychiatrist can offer treatment for these symptoms before your bipolar disorder worsens. Getting early treatment for the mood swings of bipolar disorder is vital to avoid worsening moods.

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