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Bipolar Medications and their Side Effects

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Dr Alice Lam - 23rd March 2020

Dr Alice Lam has worked as a GP both in the UK and Australia and has advocated for countless patients. To find out more about her health writing service, please go to www.dralicelam.com/health-writer-service.html.

[UWSL][UWSL][UWSL]INTRODUCTION[/UWSL][/UWSL][/UWSL]

Most people living with bipolar disorder understand the importance of medication in the management of their condition. We know that medications are to be taken lifelong, with a few exceptions. We also understand that they are taken in addition to, not as a replacement for, other treatments such as psychotherapy, healthy lifestyle and a good routine; this includes a good sleep pattern, regular exercise, good nutrition and strong social support.

So, what happens if we don’t treat bipolar disorder in the right way, for instance self-treating? The following scenarios could happen1:
  • More frequent and severe mood episodes
  • Damaged relationships
  • Loss of job or damaged career
  • Money problems
  • Problems with thinking and memory
 
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