The choice between a negative or positive prognosis is up to you, doctor, and your family and friends. If you accept the diagnosis, can discover an effective medicine or combination of medicines, and if your family and friends you and pitch in your support you, the prognosis is very positive indeed. On the other hand, if you try to ignore the problem, it will likely get worst.
It´s true that a very few lucky souls have only one major mood episode throughout their lives. They experience deep depression or full-blown mania that eventually lifts, with or without treatment and then they proceed to live out the remainder of their lives symptom free. How often this happens, no one really knows, but it does occasionally happen. In an overwhelming majority cases, however, when left untreated. When self-treated, or when treated with the wrong medications, people with bipolar disorder can expect the following:
· Increase in frequency and severity of mood episodes.
· Increased stress from the fallout of mood episodes.
· Damaged relationships.
· Loss of job or career status.
· Increased financial problems.
That´s the bad news
The good news is that effective mediciness and therapies are available, and researches are constantly developing newer and better treatments to add to the arsenal. Through medication, therapy and support, you can look forward to achieving the following goals:
Reduce or eliminate symptoms of mania and depression.
Prevent the course of the illness from worsening.
Reduce or eliminate stressors that trigger mania or depression.
Find fulfilling and rewarding work.
Repair damaged relationships and built new, healthy relationships.
Restore your social and fianacial security.
Source: Bipolar Disorder, Camila Flink, MD , Joe kraynak