Bipolar Disorder is a complex illness that is both over and underdiagnosed. It presents in both children and adults. Pharmaceutical companies aggressively market medications for Bipolar Disorder. This marketing adds to the perception that Bipolar can be easily recognized, categorized, and that patients fit into neat diagnostic boxes. They do not. In truth, many mood disorders have some aspect of bipolarity to them.
Before treatment options can be considered, hormonal, infectious, inflammatory, autoimmune and many other potential causes of psychiatric symptoms must be investigated.
There are many options available for treatment. Pharmaceuticals are just one option. You deserve a thorough evaluation of your symptoms and an indepth investigation prior to a treatment plan.