There is no “cure” for bipolar disorder. While some people experience little to no depression or mania after their initial diagnosis, most go on to experience varying degrees of depression, hypomania, or mania over the course of their lives. Even when individuals have long periods of normal mood, they are still at an increased risk to experience episodes again.
The good news is that, despite there being no “cure,” there are many tools and strategies that help individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder to live meaningful lives in the community. There are no specific combinations that work to eliminate all symptoms for people, but things like medications, therapy, lifestyle changes, community services, and support groups can help. With support and services, people learn to prevent or lessen the impact of these episodes so that they can live the lives they want.