Each year, almost 6 million Americans experience bipolar disorder symptoms. Bipolar disorder is a mental health illness that causes extreme mood swings between depression and mania. Contrary to common misconceptions, bipolar disorder doesn’t cause multiple personalities or any of the hallucinations common in schizophrenia.
There are three primary types of bipolar disorder:
Bipolar I causes extreme shifts in mood between depression and mania. In most cases, a patient seeks treatment for bipolar I after a manic episode. Manic episodes tend to last for a week or more, and depressed episodes continue for at least two weeks. If you have Bipolar I, you may also have periods of normal moods between the extremes of mania and depression.
Bipolar II also causes mood swings, although your “high” episodes aren’t as extreme as the manic episodes that characterize Bipolar I and are referred to as hypomanic episodes. In addition to being less severe, hypomanic episodes typically last for four days or more.
Cyclothymic disorder is the mildest form of bipolar disorder. Your mood swings are frequent but less extreme than Bipolar I or II. In most cases, cyclothymic disorder is diagnosed after two years of mood irregularities.
Bipolar disorder symptoms are classified as depressive, manic, or hypomanic.
Depressive symptoms include:
Manic episodes cause symptoms such as:
Hypomanic symptoms are similar to manic symptoms but less severe. If you feel suicidal, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room for immediate treatment.
Dr. Bekker begins your treatment with a comprehensive assessment of your mental and physical health, including lab work to identify or rule out other medical conditions that could contribute to your symptoms.
Once she understands your condition, she uses a holistic approach to improving your health. While she creates personalized treatment plans for each patient, she often combines medicine, therapy, and lifestyle modifications both to regulate your bipolar symptoms and improve your overall health.
If you’re concerned about bipolar disorder, call My Best Self, LLC or schedule a consultation online today.