Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

Mental health

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a complex mental illnessthat can greatly impact the daily lives of those who have it. It is characterized by severe high and low moods, which can lead to changes in sleep, energy, thinking, and behavior. These moods are often referred to as “poles” of mood, which is why it’s called “bipolar” disorder. During the highs, a person with bipolar may feel overly happy and energized, with heightened confidence and creativity. However, these feelings can be accompanied by impulsive decisions making, which can lead to negative consequences.
On the other hand, during the lows, a person with bipolar disorder may feel very sad, hopeless, and sluggish. These symptoms are similar to those of major depressive disorder or “clinical depression,” a condition in which someone never has manic or hypomanic episodes. It’s important to note that bipolar disorder affects each person differently, and the severity and frequency of episodes can vary greatly.
However, with proper treatment and support, many people with bipolar disorder are able to manage their symptoms and live fulfilling lives.


Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar disorder is a complex mental health condition that can manifest differently in each person. The symptoms of bipolar disorder can vary greatly in terms of the pattern, severity, and frequency of mood episodes. Some individuals may experience more manic episodes, while others may experience more depressive episodes. During a manic episode, individuals with bipolar disorder often exhibit behaviors such as increased energy, creativity, and euphoria. They may talk rapidly, sleep very little, and display hyperactivity. Additionally, they may feel invincible, or all-powerful.
In the past, bipolar depression was often misdiagnosed as regular depression. However, recent research has identified significant differences between the two, especially when it comes to recommended treatments. Bipolar depression is more likely to involve symptoms such as irritability, guilt, unpredictable mood swings, and feelings of restlessness. Individuals experiencing bipolar depression may speak slowly and sleep excessively.
It is important to note that while there are similarities between bipolar depression and regular depression, the differences are significant and require different approaches to treatment.

How is Bipolar Disorder Diagnosed?

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It can be challenging to get an accurate diagnosis for bipolar disorder. The symptoms of bipolar disorder can often overlap with other mental health conditions such as major depression, ADHD, and borderline personality disorder, making it challenging to distinguish between them. This can lead to misdiagnosis and delay in getting the necessary treatment. It is crucial to consult a specialist in psychiatry for an accurate diagnosis of bipolar disorder.
Our providers are highly experienced in treating bipolar disorder, and we stay up to date with the latest research and treatment options. Consulting with a mental health professional can help you get the right treatment plan tailored to your unique needs, so you can manage your symptoms and enjoy a better quality of life.


Treatment Plans for Bipolar Disorder May Include

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Are you looking for a reliable diagnostic exam for bipolar disorder? At Journey Psych, we offer a comprehensive evaluation that includes both a psychological and medical assessment.
During the psychological evaluation, we will conduct a complete psychiatric history evaluation, where we will ask you a series of questions about your symptoms, the history of the problem, any treatment you’ve previously received, and your family history of mood disorders. This will help us assess the severity of your symptoms and determine the best course of treatment for you.
Since there are no specific lab tests for identifying bipolar disorder, we will conduct a medical history and physical exam to rule out any underlying illnesses or medications that might be causing your symptoms. We also place an emphasis on screening for thyroid disorders, as they can cause mood swings that mimic bipolar disorder. Moreover, we believe that getting input from your family members and friends is crucial in understanding your condition. Therefore, we may ask you about their thoughts on your moods and behaviors.
At Journey Psych, we prioritize your well-being and strive to provide you with a safe and supportive environment. Contact us today to schedule your diagnostic exam.

Treatment Plans For Bipolar Disorder

Lifestyle Changes

If you’re seeking help from Journey Psych, they may suggest some lifestyle changes that can benefit your overall well-being. This could include avoiding alcohol, establishing a regular routine, getting regular exercise and sleep, and incorporating healthy foods into your diet. Additionally, they may recommend maintaining low stress levels, as this can have a significant impact on your mental and physical health.

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Medication Management

If you’re struggling with mood swings and other symptoms associated with bipolar disorder, our team can offer you medication management services to help you feel better. Our experienced professionals can prescribe mood-stabilizer medications that are tailored to your needs and send the prescription to the pharmacy of your choice. With our help, you can take control of your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Psychotherapy is another powerful tool for managing anxiety

If you are struggling with bipolar disorder and looking for ways to manage your symptoms, psychotherapy can be an excellent option to consider. Our provider can help you learn effective behavioral-change strategies that can reduce your symptoms and improve your ability to thrive in both your personal and professional relationships. By addressing the root causes of your symptoms and developing coping mechanisms, you can take control of your life and live your best life.