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Can Early Intervention Make a Real Difference for Bipolar Disorder?

Can Early Intervention Make a Real Difference for Bipolar Disorder?

Can Early Intervention Make a Real Difference for Bipolar Disorder?

Early intervention is frequently promoted as a positive way to help people with a variety of health problems including psychological issues. However, does early intervention make a difference for those with bipolar disorder? A recent study answered this question with a resounding yes and found that treatment during the early stages of the condition was more effective.

Early Intervention and Treatment

For patients with bipolar disorder, early intervention may help control the condition and make it more manageable. Researchers found that both psychological and pharmacological treatments made a difference in the lives of patients. Early intervention had a positive impact and reduced relapses, decreased symptoms and helped patients stay employed. This means that their quality of life was better with earlier treatments.

Apply the Research to Real Life

The research clearly shows that early intervention has benefits, but applying the concept in the real world is more difficult. The key is to try to recognize the early symptoms of bipolar disorder and seek help. Unfortunately, bipolar patients frequently resist treatments in both the early and later stages of the condition. However, family members, friends and other caregivers must continue to fight for them and seek treatment.

Misdiagnosis is a common problem that makes early intervention a challenge. In addition, the problems can increase because many bipolar patients refuse to acknowledge they need help and do not want to pursue therapy or drug treatments. It is your mission as a caregiver, friend or loved one to help them seek treatment and manage the process. Your persistence can make a difference, especially in the early stages, and it will have lasting benefits.

Early intervention can make a big difference in the lives of people who have bipolar disorder. Research supports the idea of getting early help and treatments for long-term benefits such as being able to maintain a job and having fewer manic episodes.

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    April Monty

    Absolutely can help to find it early, there’s a bit more wiggle room to try meds etc when ppl are young or in the starting stages.

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      Colleen

      Absolutely April I totally agree!

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    deborahdumm

    I knew someone who was diagnosed as having bipolar disorder and it is not pleasant. When she took her medicine she was fine but when she didn’t look out.

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      Colleen

      Ya that is the hard part…when they feel good they go off then it is so hard to convince them they need to go back on their meds.

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    Lisa Coomer Queen

    This was a lot of great information. My step-daughter is bipolar. It is a tough road for all. Thanks!

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      Colleen

      I understand Lisa…we have someone in the family with bipolar. It is not easy.

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    Bryan Vice

    Yes i believe the earlier the better none of it is going to be easy but the earlier they better ” treatment ” and better way of understanding how to adjust and cope

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