Bipolar is a complex mental health disorder that can take you on a roller coaster ride of extreme emotional highs followed by severe lows that can make it hard to get out of bed. The team at WellMind Behavioral Health & Wellness in Cordova and Greater Tennessee , Greater Tennessee, TN, provide top-level care for bipolar that’s always patient-focused. Their concierge service includes priority scheduling and telehealth visits to meet your needs. Get the expert care and professional support required for bipolar disorder. Schedule an evaluation today by calling the office or requesting an appointment online.
Bipolar, previously called manic depression, is a chronic mental health disorder that can cause dramatic shifts in your mood, energy level, and behavior. Depending on the type, bipolar mood fluctuations can include periods of high or increased energy (mania/hypomania) followed by varying degrees of depression that can last for days, weeks, or months. You may also experience weeks to months of euthymia (stable mood) between manic or depressive episodes.
Primary types of bipolar include:
People diagnosed with bipolar I disorder have experienced one or more episodes of mania, characterized by extremely high energy levels. Individuals report feeling euphoric, highly creative, and incredibly successful during a manic period, requiring little to no sleep to accomplish their goals.
However, people with bipolar I often engage in risky business ventures, spending sprees, or other excesses that can compromise their work, social, and home life. Severe mania can also cause hallucinations or delusions and may require hospitalization. Depressive episodes following mania may last for two or more weeks, causing significantly low mood, inability to accomplish daily routines, and feelings of hopelessness.
Bipolar II causes depressive episodes that can last for months. You may also experience hypomania, which lacks the extremes that characterize mania. Although hypomania is less intrusive than mania, bipolar II may be more debilitating than bipolar I since the depression is often long-term.
Cyclothymic disorder causes a chronically unstable mood, characterized by episodes of hypomania and mild depression for at least two years. Periods of euthymia (stable mood) associated with cyclothymic disorder last less than eight weeks.
Before developing a treatment strategy, your WellMind Behavioral Health & Wellness provider carefully reviews your symptoms and history to identify the bipolar type you’re experiencing.
Bipolar disorder is complex and typically responds best to a comprehensive treatment approach that may include medication, psychotherapy, and education regarding the early signs and symptoms of a bipolar episode.
Your provider also works with you to identify your bipolar triggers, which may include positive or negative stressful life events such as a promotion, a move, or the loss of a job. You may also benefit from developing healthy habits such as routine exercise, yoga, or meditation to support (but not replace) your treatment.
Schedule a visit at WellMind Behavioral Health & Wellness today by calling the office or requesting an appointment online.