Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar disorder is a treatable metal health condition marked by extreme changes in mood, thought, energy, and behavior.

Bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million Americans every year. It is not a character flaw or a sign of personal weakness. Bipolar disorder was previously known as manic depression because a person’s mood can alternate between mania (highs) and depression (lows). These changes in mood, or mood swings, can last for hours, days, weeks or months.

The best treatment outcome for bipolar disorder includes a combination of medication management, support groups, and psychotherapy. Through caring and thoughtful therapy, I will help you manage your symptoms so you can live a healthy and productive life.

Bipolar I Disorder and Bipolar II Disorder are each defined by the length, frequency, and pattern of episodes of mania and depression.

The highs in Bipolar I are called mania while the highs in Bipolar II are called hypomania.

There are common symptoms of mania and hypomania and they include:
  • feeling abnormally self-confident or social
  • needing less sleep or more energetic
  • unusually talkative or hyper
  • irritable or quick to anger
  • thinking faster than usual
  • more easily distracted/having trouble concentrating
  • more goal-directed or productive at work, school or home
  • more involved in pleasurable activities, such as spending or sex

More severe symptoms of bipolar I mania include delusional thinking and hallucinations.

If you feel like any of these symptoms apply to you, reach out to us to request a free phone consultation.