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Bipolar Disorder Treatments & Therapies for Veterans

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Bipolar Disorder


No matter what you are experiencing, treatments and resources are available. VA offers treatment options that are proven to be very effective for most people, and many types of professionals at VA can treat bipolar disorder.

Evidence-based therapies are among the most effective treatments for bipolar disorder. They can include the following — which are in many cases available at a local VA medical center.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can help Veterans diagnosed with bipolar disorder to identify and change negative thought patterns and behaviors that worsen their condition.
  • Social Skills Training (SST) can help Veterans enhance their social skills with the goal of improving their community adjustment, quality of life, and ability to pursue personal goals. SST sessions and the skills SST teaches are tailored to meet real-life difficulties that affect your social experiences.
  • Behavioral Family Therapy (BFT) helps Veterans diagnosed with bipolar disorder and their families learn about new communication and problem-solving skills, and also focuses on family education.

Explore more potential treatment options at VA by visiting the Learn About Treatment page.

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