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Bipolar Disorder

Boston Neurobehavioral Associates

Psychiatry & Psychotherapy located in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Illinois

Bipolar disorder is a serious mental disorder that leads to extreme mood, energy, and activity changes that can dramatically lower your quality of life. If you have a history of bipolar disorder or are experiencing symptoms, contact Boston Neurobehavioral Associates in New Bedford, Brockton, Walpole, Natick, Waltham, or Worcester, Massachusetts, for an evaluation. They also have a virtual location for patients living in and around Chicago, Illinois. You can book an appointment right through the website, or you can call the office nearest you to speak with a team member.

Bipolar Disorder Q & A

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder — also known as manic depression — leads to unusual, fluctuating mood swings. You may have very high, happy episodes that leave you feeling overly energetic, followed by days of deep depression and little-to-no energy. 

Bipolar disorder is broken down into several distinct categories:

Bipolar I 

Bipolar I disorder is defined as having manic (high) episodes that last at least seven days, usually with separate and longer depressive episodes.

Bipolar II 

Bipolar II disorder leads to chronic patterns of depressive and hypomanic episodes, but without severe manic issues.

Cyclothymic disorder

Cyclothymic disorder leads to persistent, less intense depression and hypomania issues.

When you have bipolar disorder, you’re more likely to also have a coexisting condition, such as psychosis, anxiety, or substance abuse. 

How do I know if I have bipolar disorder?

The only way to know for certain that you have bipolar disorder, and which type you may have, is to come to Boston Neurobehavioral Associates for a consultation. Your dedicated provider has a conversation with you and learns about all of the symptoms you’re experiencing. During a manic or high episode, you may notice:

  • Periods of extreme elation
  • Less need for sleep
  • Racing thoughts
  • Excessive appetite

Alternatively, during a depressive episode, you may experience:

  • Feelings of hopelessness or sadness
  • Loss of interest in enjoyable activities
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Bipolar disorder is a serious mental disorder that you shouldn’t ignore. The caring providers at Boston Neurobehavioral Associates can help you restore your mental well-being and learn to manage bipolar disorder. 

What is the treatment for bipolar disorder?

Treating bipolar disorder typically involves combining several types of therapies. Depending on your diagnosis, your provider may recommend:

  • Ongoing psychotherapy sessions 
  • Mood-stabilizer medications
  • Atypical antipsychotic drugs
  • Electroconvulsive therapy

It’s also important to exercise regularly when you have bipolar disorder. Vigorous exercise, such as jogging, cycling, or swimming, can help with depression and anxiety and even help you sleep better. 

Lastly, it’s important to keep a detailed journal and record your daily symptoms, no matter how minor they may seem. Keeping records of your moods helps your provider at Boston Neurobehavioral Associates recognize patterns, so they can make any necessary changes to your bipolar disorder treatment plan along the way. 

Boston Neurobehavioral Associates provides compassionate care for bipolar disorder. You can receive the treatment you need by booking an appointment online or over the phone today.