BIPOLAR DISORDERS

Bipolar Treatment in Phoenix

What is Bipolar Disorder?

 

Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression, is a mental health disorder that produces extreme mood swings ranging from extreme emotional highs (manic episodes) and extreme lows or (depressive episodes).

 

TYPES OF BIPOLAR DISORDER:

Bipolar I disorder– You’ve had at least one manic episode that may be preceded or followed by hypomanic or major depressive episodes. In some cases, mania may trigger a break from reality (psychosis).
Bipolar II disorder– You’ve had at least one major depressive episode and at least one hypomanic episode, but you’ve never had a manic episode.
Cyclothymic disorder – You’ve had at least two years — or one year in children and teenagers — of many periods of hypomania symptoms and periods of depressive symptoms (though less severe than major depression).
Other types include bipolar and related disorders induced by certain drugs or alcohol or due to a medical condition, such as Cushing’s disease, multiple sclerosis or stroke.

 

Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Manic Symptoms

If you have been diagnosed as suffering from bipolar disorder, you may experience any of the signs and symptoms during a manic period:

• long period of feeling “high” – an overly elated, happy, and outgoing mood
• feeling extremely irritable
• being easily distracted
• having racing thoughts
• talking very fast
• jumping from one thought to another when talking
• restlessness
• excess energy
• less sleep
• engaging in impulsive, pleasurable, and high-risk behaviors
• inflated self-esteem
• feelings of grandiosity
• increased agitation
• high sex drive
• making grand and unattainable plans
• detachment from reality – psychosis that may include delusions or hallucinations

Depressive Symptoms

If you are suffering with bipolar disorder, during depressive states, you may experience some of the following signs and symptoms:

• feeling sad, tearful, hopeless, or feeling empty
• no pleasure or interest in previous activities
• weight fluctuations – including significant weight loss or weight gain
• sleep disturbances – sleeping too much or insomnia
• restlessness or slowed behaviors
• suicidal thoughts, planning, or attempts
• feelings of guilt and worthlessness
• inability to concentrate
• indecisiveness
• loss of energy
• feelings of fatigue
• psychosis – being detached from reality; delusions or hallucinations
• loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed
• anxiety
• uncontrollable crying

 Causes of Bipolar Disorder

The exact cause of bipolar disorder is unknown, but a combination of genetics, environment, and altered brain structure and chemistry may play a role. Bipolar disorder can be passed from parent to child.

 

TREATMENT

Medications and psychotherapy are the most commonly prescribed treatment plans for people suffering from bipolar disorder. And the success rate of these treatment plans is great if followed correctly and consistently. 

Cognitive behavioral therapy will help you learn how to change negative or harmful thoughts or behaviors.

Family-focused therapies involve your family members and focus on teaching coping strategies, communication counseling, and problem-solving techniques.

For more treatment options, Contact us today @ (623) 225-7591 or schedule your appointment online.

When To Seek Help

• If you have any symptoms of depression or mania, see your doctor or mental health professional. Bipolar disorder doesn’t get better on its own. Getting treatment from a mental health professional with experience in bipolar disorder can help you get your symptoms under control.

• Suicidal thoughts and behavior are common among people with bipolar disorder.

If you have thoughts of hurting yourself, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately, go to an emergency room, or confide in a trusted relative or friend. Or call a suicide hotline number — in the United States, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

If you have a loved one who is in danger of suicide or has made a suicide attempt, make sure someone stays with that person. Call 911 or if you think you can do so safely, take the person to the nearest hospital emergency room.

 

Make an appointment with our office today. We can help you with your recovery. Call us now @ (623)225-7591 or (602) 491-8015, or schedule online. We accept new patients.

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