In the quest to make you or your loved one feel better and maintain stable moods, we focus on the three Cs of bipolar disorder:
Continuity of treatment: In this era of specialization and managed healthcare, patients often get shuttled from one doctor or therapist to another, and each professional may have a unique approach. Any drastic changes to medication or therapy can upset the balance, so this book encourages you to develop a treatment plan that all your caregivers follow and that remains with you when you change doctors or therapists.
Comprehensive treatment: The most effective treatment plan calls for a three-pronged attack of medication, therapy, and lifestyle change. There must be the most effective medications, therapies, peer support options, and lifestyle changes currently available.
Coordinated treatment: Communication is the key to coordinated treatment, and communication breakdowns are at the root of most failed attempts. To ensure success, communicate openly and honestly with your doctor, therapist, and loved ones and encourage them to communicate with one another. There are also techniques to improve communication among all members of your treatment team.