Manic Depression: Treatment

Manic depression can be treated with a combination of medication and psychotherapy.

Some of the medications frequently prescribed to people with manic depression include mood stabilizers like lithium, antidepressants such as Prozac or Effexor, and antipsychotics like Zyprexa or Seroquel.

If a person is beginning to show manic depression symptoms, it is important to orient him to reality and point out he is showing signs of either mania or depression.

Try to keep the patient safe by assessing for any suicidal thoughts or attempts at reckless behavior.

Keep names and phone numbers of the person’s psychiatrist/psychotherapist and suicide hotline numbers close at hand for immediate assistance during times of crisis.

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