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 disorder is defined as having manic (high) episodes that last at least seven days, usually with separate and longer depressive episodes.
Bipolar II disorder leads to chronic patterns of depressive and hypomanic episodes, but without severe manic issues.
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.
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:
Alternatively, during a depressive episode, you may experience:
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.
Treating bipolar disorder typically involves combining several types of therapies. Depending on your diagnosis, your provider may recommend:
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.