Bipolar disorder symptoms are often described as extreme mood swings. These mood swings range from extreme highs (or mania) to extreme lows (or depression). Episodes of mania and depression can often last for several weeks or months.
Treatments for bipolar disorder aim to stop or reduce the number and severity of depression and mania episodes suffered. A successful treatment plan will mean a person can live life as normally as possible.
As part of a treatment plan for bipolar disorder, different types of medication are prescribed for episodes of mania and episodes of depression. Many people need to take medication on a regular basis, even between episodes when they are well, to help prevent a possible bipolar relapse. Medication prescribed for long-term treatment is called 'prophylactic' medication.
Trials have found that lithium not only prevents mood episodes and manic episodes but also prevents depressive episodes.
Recently published guidelines by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (The NICE) suggest offering lithium as a first line treatment of bipolar disorder as it is usually more effective than any other type of medication for long-term treatment of the bipolar disorder.
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