Bipolar Disorder Treatment

Bipolar disorder is a form of brain disorder that will cause a very unusual shift in moods. Also known as manic-depressive illness, this disorder can affect an individual’s level of energy, activity and their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. Dealing with bipolar disorder is not always easy because the shifts in mood can happen without warning or a way to easily predict when it will happen. Thankfully, there is bipolar disorder treatment available.

What Are the Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder?

The main bipolar symptoms are related to mood and emotion. An individual who is suffering from the disorder may experience very intense emotions, a sudden change in their sleep patterns, disrupted levels of activity and may be seen doing unusual activities and taking on uncharacteristic behaviors. When observed, they will experience what is called a “mood episode,” where they exhibit very different behaviors, emotions and moods than is otherwise “normal” for that individual.

Bipolar Disorder Treatment

Bipolar symptoms can be broken down into two main categories: manic and depressive periods. As individuals go from one side of the mood spectrum to the other, experiencing the severe or extreme sides of either, they may have the following symptoms.

Manic Episode Symptoms

  • Very “high” or “up” feelings of elation
  • Abundance of energy
  • Increased levels of activity
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Very fast rate of talking
  • Easily agitated or irritable
  • Sensation of very quick moving thoughts
  • Belief of being able to do very many things at once

  • Depressive Episode Symptoms

  • Very “low” or “down” feelings of sadness, emptiness or hopelessness
  • Very little energy
  • Decreased levels of activity
  • Difficulty sleeping (or sleeping too little or too much)
  • Sensation of being unable to enjoy anything
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Eating too much (or too little)
  • Bipolar Disorder Treatment

  • When a loved one is exhibiting symptoms of bipolar disorder, you may be seeking bipolar disorder treatment in order to reduce or eliminate those symptoms.

    There are three classifications of bipolar disorder treatment: mood stabilizing medication, antipsychotics, and in some cases antidepressants. Commonly, an individual will be prescribed a mood stabilizing medication and psychotherapy. Other types of medication may be recommended in addition to mood stabilizers in order to better control various manic or depressive states.

    If you have any questions about bipolar disorder or treatment options, please give us a call. We’ll be happy to schedule an appointment with you to get you the treatment, therapy or medication that you need.