You have your own health history. Talk with your doctor about your risk factors and background with bipolar disorder. By talking openly and often with your doctor, you can make the best choices for you and your family.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it simpler for you to talk to your doctor:
Specific Questions to Ask Your doctor
About Bipolar Disorder
About Treatment Options
You may decide to try counseling. Ask counselors, social workers, psychologists, and/or family therapists questions about whether they work with people who have bipolar disorder. Make sure that you feel at ease with the mental health providers. You may want to ask:
About Lifestyle Changes
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Last reviewed September 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Rimas Lukas, MD Last Updated 11/3/2020