Psychiatrists treat bipolar disorder successfully by prescribing mood-balancing medications along with other treatments such as day treatment or substance abuse treatment programs, according to Mayo Clinic. For severe bipolar sufferers, hospitalization for psychiatric evaluation and treatment is sometimes part of an overall treatment plan.
Medications prescribed for bipolar disorder may include one or more mood stabilizers that control hypomanic or manic episodes, anti-psychotic drugs to control mania and depression, and antidepressants for depressive symptoms, advises Mayo Clinic. Combination antidepressant and anti-psychotic medications and anti-anxiety medications are also helpful for some individuals. Lifelong treatment for the disorder is required for successful management of symptoms.