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What can be helpful?
  • Medications that are prescribed and monitored by a physician

  • Stress management (along with medication) to control manic and depressive episodes

  • Counselling from a professional - Early intervention:

    • trying to improve target areas in your life – school, work, recreation, healthy eating and exercise – can promote earlier recovery and fewer recurrences of the disorder.

Your physician and/or counselor can work with you until you have recovered more fully.

Try to talk to someone about how you feel. Sharing concerns with someone you trust can help keep you safe and direct you to medical help if necessary. Think about talking to:

  • A parent or other family member

  • Your school guidance counsellor

  • Medical personnel, such as your doctor or a nurse at a clinic, band office or nursing station

  • Staff at a teen clinic

Bipolar disorder is usually treated with medication and counselling. Counselling offers productive ways to deal with problems, and also helps you to find easier ways to talk about things that are bothering you. Counselling also teaches coping skills, which help you to manage any stresses you might be feeling. Sometimes this can take time, so it's best to keep attending counselling even if you find it slow or hard the first few times.

Remember that bipolar disorder can be treated successfully and recovery is expected, but ongoing monitoring and tailoring your treatment plan is also recommended to help promote an earlier recovery.