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Treatments for Bipolar Disorder

Named a “Super Doc” by Arizona Magazine in 2011, Thomas Gazda, MD, has served as a member of the clinical teaching staff at Phoenix’s Good Samaritan Hospital. Before assuming this and other positions in Arizona, Dr. Thomas Gazda worked as a staff psychiatrist for the Holly Hill/Charter Behavioral Health System in North Carolina. More recently, Thomas Gazda, MD, carried out an investigational study that compared paliperidone palmitate and the oral antipsychotic treatment of adults with type one bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.

Various approaches are adopted in the treatment of bipolar disorder. Some of them are outlined below:

1. Medication – In conjunction with psychotherapy, a doctor may prescribe a combination of medications to treat a patient with bipolar disorder. Designed to address symptoms such as the mania and depression often associated with the condition, medications include antidepressants, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, and anti-anxiety drugs.

2. Psychotherapy – Different forms of psychotherapy are recommended for treating bipolar disorder, including cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, and group therapy.

3. Electroconvulsive therapy – For individuals who do not respond to medications or to traditional therapy, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be considered. ECT is often recommended for individuals who are severely depressed or who have suicidal tendencies.