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Bipolar Disorders

Bipolar Disorders2020-07-30T14:01:24-04:00
Bipolar Disorders

Bipolar disorders, (formerly known as manic depression), are a type of mental illness that typically involves severe high and low moods, changes in the amounts of sleep and energy needed to engage in daily activity, and thought shifts leading to impulsive behaviors.  These episodes of high and low moods do not follow a set pattern.  Someone could feel the same mood state for weeks, months or sometimes even years before switching to the opposite mood.

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People with bipolar disorder can have periods where they feel extremely happy and energized and other periods of feeling very sad and hopeless. In between those periods, they usually feel normal. We can think of these differences between the highs and the lows as opposing “poles” of mood, which is why it’s called “bipolar” disorder.

The word “manic” is used to describe the periods when someone feels overly excited and confident. These can also present as irritability and lead to impulsive or reckless decision-making. Some people report having delusions (believing things that aren’t true and that they can’t be talked out of) or hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that aren’t there) during manic periods.  Typical symptoms might  include excessive excitement, rapid changes in mood from happiness to irritability or anger, reduced need for sleep, and demonstrating poor judgement including making unrealistic plans.

“Hypomania” is used to describe milder symptoms of mania where someone is not experiencing delusions or hallucinations, and their high symptoms are not interfering with their everyday life. They may still have a reduced need for sleep and emotional dysregulation but the period of “up” is much shorter, lasting only for several days.

The depressive period presents with typical symptoms we might recognize including sadness, loss of energy, hopelessness, lack of interest in doing things, sleeping more, changes in appetite, and thoughts of death or suicide.   Most people with bipolar disorder spend more time with depressive symptoms than in manic or hypomanic symptoms.

Bipolar disorder usually starts in late adolescence or young adulthood.  Bipolar disorder can run in families.  Men and women are equally likely to experience it.  Many people with bipolar abuse alcohol or other drugs when manic or depressed. They are also more likely to have co-existing anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Click here to learn more about bipolar disorders.

Bipolar Disorders Treatment

Bipolar disorder can be treated; although it is a long-term condition that will likely need ongoing care.  Medication is the main treatment, usually involving “mood stabilizers”.  These medications can help to even out the rapid cycling of moods and allow for a more even presentation of emotion.   Combinations of medicines are often used for better outcomes.   Psychotherapy is recommended in conjunction with medication to develop new skills to use in anticipation or management of mood shifts.

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A. Todd Lindsey, LCMHC

A. TODD LINDSEY, LCMHC

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Laura Pond LCMHC

LAURA POND, LCMHC

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Gregory Linares LMFTA

GREGORY LINARES, LMFTA

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Connie Lancaster LCMHC

CONNIE LANCASTER, LCMHC

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John von der Lehr LCSW

JOHN VON DER LEHR, LCSW

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Jasmine Potts LCMHC

JASMINE POTTS, LCMHC

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Stephanie Phillips LCMHC

STEPHANIE PHILLIPS, LCMHC

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Barbara Garrett LCSW

BARBARA GARRETT, LCSW

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Funmi Ajani LCMHCA

FUNMI AJANI, LCMHCA

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Caroline Schwarz

CAROLINE SCHWARZ, INTERN

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