Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder in Austin, TX

Everyone has mood swings, but if you or someone you know is having extreme mood swings often, it could be a sign of bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder, commonly known as manic depression, is a mental health condition resulting in extreme mood swings, with dramatic highs and lows. The high points of bipolar disorder are known as mania or hypomania, and the low points are known as depression.

Risk Factors For Bipolar Disorder

There are several risk factors for developing bipolar disorder. Risk increases if you:

  • Have a parent or sibling with bipolar disorder
  • Experience a stressful event, such as a death of a loved one
  • Abuse drugs or alcohol

Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

During a manic or hypomanic episode, signs may include:

  • Feeling jumpy, wired, or extremely upbeat
  • Experiencing increased activity or appearing agitated
  • Demonstrating extreme self-confidence
  • Having a decreased need to sleep
  • Appearing very talkative
  • Having racing, distracted thoughts
  • Making poor decisions

During a depressive episode, signs may include:

  • Feeling extremely sad, hopeless, and empty
  • Experiencing a lack of interest in activities
  • Having unexplained weight loss and decrease in appetite
  • Experiencing insomnia or excessive sleeping
  • Feeling fatigued and lacking energy
  • Experiencing reduced ability to focus and concentrate
  • Experiencing indecision

Treatment of Bipolar Disorder

Treatment of bipolar disorder begins with a thorough evaluation and assessment. To treat and manage bipolar disorder, your medical provider may recommend:

  • Medications to stabilize mood, limit depressive episodes, and manage the frequency and severity of signs of bipolar disorder
  • Day treatment programs to provide support, relieve feelings of isolation, and foster a sense of belonging
  • Substance abuse treatment to reduce or eliminate dependence on drugs or alcohol
  • Hospitalization if necessary, to provide a calm, therapeutic environment

It's important for individuals with bipolar disorder to work closely with their healthcare providers to develop a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to their specific needs and circumstances.

To find out more about the signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of bipolar disorder, contact our psychiatric team at Northwest Psychiatry in our Austin, TX office at (512) 342-7979!

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