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Living with bipolar disorder can make managing everyday tasks and maintaining relationships extremely difficult. The condition can cause you to feel happy and energetic one moment and depressed and confused the next. These shifts in mood can be devastating. Luckily, there are many treatment options available that can help you manage bipolar symptoms. Understanding bipolar disorder and knowing how the condition is treated can help you live a thriving, productive, and purposeful life.
Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that causes dramatic shifts in an individual’s mood. The condition, which was once called manic depression, can also affect your energy and activity levels as well as your ability to think clearly. With bipolar disorder, you experience high and low moods that are very different from the typical ups and downs many people experience. The high mood, called mania or hypomania, can make you feel energized and elated, while the low mood, a form of depression, tends to make you feel sad, indifferent, irritated, or hopeless.
Doctors and behavioral health experts called these shifts “mood episodes.” These emotional states can occur suddenly and last for days or weeks. You might feel most like yourself when you experience a neutral mood episode, also called euthymia. This means that your mood should feel fairly stable. Unfortunately, bipolar disorder causes frequent changes in mood so this neutral state may not last long.
Most people with bipolar disorder show symptoms and receive a diagnosis around the age of 25, but the condition can occur during adolescence or childhood, although that is rare. Even though the condition affects men and women equally, the symptoms may manifest differently between genders.
Typically, men with bipolar disorder:
In comparison, women with bipolar disorder tend to:
There are 4 main types of bipolar disorder:
The symptoms and severity of bipolar disorder can vary greatly. You might have sudden, short manic episodes or extended periods of depression. Sometimes, you may not experience any symptoms at all followed by both manic and depressive episodes.
Common symptoms of a manic episode include:
Symptoms of a depressive episode often include:
Severe manic or depressive bipolar episodes can include psychotic symptoms such as:
When left untreated, bipolar disorder can worsen. Thankfully, treatments such as behavioral therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes can help manage bipolar symptoms.
There are several different ways you can manage bipolar disorder. The most common include:
However, some natural remedies such as fish oil, vitamins, certain antioxidants, yoga, acupuncture, and meditation might also be helpful.
The most commonly prescribed medications for bipolar disorder include:
Remember, this is not medical advice. Before starting or stopping any prescription medication, you should talk to a healthcare provider first.
The most commonly used therapies for bipolar include:
If you’re struggling with suicidal thoughts, please contact your healthcare provider or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.
Here at StoneRidge Centers, we believe that everyone deserves improved mental health. Our mental health stabilization program can help you find relief from debilitating challenges like bipolar disorder. Our team consists of a triple-board-certified neuropsychiatrist and an experienced team of registered nurses. Learn more about how our comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan can help you get the relief you’ve been searching for. Contact us today.
Because mental health and addiction concerns are so often interconnected, we utilize research-based approaches with evidence-based outcomes that promote overall healing and recovery.
This low-impact magnetic stimulation activates neurons inside the brain, relieving symptoms associated with depression and anxiety.
Using brain scanning and readings, we create a map of our patients’ brains, helping us develop more targeted and effective treatments.
This process assists patients in visualizing their own brain functionality through continuous EEG readings.
We use carefully monitored doses of Spravato to help patients struggling with complex mental health disorders, including severe depression.
Patients use this practice to help reframe intrusive or negative thought patterns and develop coping techniques for long-term recovery.
This practice helps patients learn to regulate emotions, communicate more effectively, and process their own thoughts and feelings..
Licensed and trained therapists guide patients through this technique for managing stress and anxiety on an ongoing basis.
Patients experience one-on-one therapy sessions with a licensed therapist to provide a safe and private place to recover and heal.
Patients can practice the skills and techniques they have learned in treatment with others in a safe, therapist-guided space.
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