Most people will only have one or two side effects.
How long will I have to keep taking medication?
Most people need to keep taking medication long-term to stop symptoms returning.
After recovering from mania or depression, you will normally need to continue your medication for weeks or months. After that, your doctor may adjust your treatment.
If you take your medication regularly, you have less chance of having mania or depression. Some people will be advised to keep taking medication for many years.
Will I have to go to hospital?
Your usual treatment will involve regular visits to your GP, hospital outpatient clinic, a psychiatrist, a psychologist or other therapist.
There may be times when you need to stay in hospital. If you have severe mania or depression, going to hospital will keep you safe, allow for close monitoring of medications and get your symptoms under control.
Your doctor may also arrange a hospital stay if you are at risk of harming yourself or other people, or if you have not been eating or drinking enough.
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Can I be forced to have treatment?
Having mania or hypomania stops you being able to think clearly and avoid risks. At the time, you may not believe you need treatment.
You can be given treatment without your consent if you are at risk of harming yourself or others. This is called involuntary treatment. If the risks are very severe you may have to spend time in hospital while you receive treatment.
If this happens, your doctor should give you a booklet that explains your rights. If you don’t get a booklet, ask for it.
Involuntary treatment can only continue while it is necessary to keep you safe. You, and your family or carers, have the right to have the decision reviewed by an independent authority, such as a court or tribunal.