Bipolar Disorder Treatment & Psychotherapy
What is bipolar disorder?
Formerly known as manic depression, bipolar disorder is a mental disorder that causes extreme emotional highs and lows. People suffering from the condition often experience intensely energetic periods (mania), characterized by feeling happy and euphoric and then shift into extremely sad and hopeless periods (depression). These mood swings vary in length depending on the person but usually last for at least one week.
The Psychiatry Group is currently treating patients with bipolar disorder in Washington state and will soon be providing treatment for patients in other States in the Pacific Northwest. Reach out today.
What causes bipolar disorder?
While the exact causes of bipolar disorder are not fully understood, there are a variety of factors that may contribute to the disorder, including biological and genetic factors. Those suffering from bipolar disorder tend to have siblings or parents who suffer from the disorder as well. Additionally, patients with bipolar disorder appear to experience changes to the physical structure of their brain as well as a chemical imbalance in the brain’s neurotransmitters.
What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?
Those suffering from bipolar disorder will usually show symptoms of manic and depressive episodes. To be considered bipolar disorder, these episodes must be severe enough to cause significant difficulties with work, relationships, or other day-to-day functioning.
Manic Episode Symptoms
Manic episode symptoms may include:
- Being unusually talkative
- Being easily distracted
- Being highly energized, sometimes with little sleep
- Having increased self-esteem
Depressive Episode Symptoms
Depressive episode symptoms may include:
- Being sad most of the day
- Having decreased energy level
- Having irregular sleep patterns (excessive sleep or insomnia)
- Experiencing weight loss or gain
- Experiencing decreased interest and pleasure from things normally enjoyed
- Experiencing an inability to concentrate
When should I seek help from a psychiatrist?
There are multiple types of bipolar disorder, depending on the length, severity, and frequency of manic and depressive episodes. Talk to a psychiatrist at The Psychiatry Group for an accurate diagnosis and treatment for the specific bipolar disorder you may be suffering from. If left untreated, bipolar disorder can lead to a number of complications, including financial, relationship, drug, alcohol, and social problems.
What does bipolar treatment involve?
Most people with bipolar disorder are able to keep their moods relatively stable when they follow a bipolar disorder treatment plan that may involve psychotherapy and/or medication. The Psychiatry Group offers the following bipolar treatments:
Bipolar Disorder Psychotherapy
Bipolar disorder psychotherapy uses bipolar therapies, such as cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), psychoeducation, and interpersonal and social rhythm therapy (IPSRT). Psychotherapy for bipolar disorder helps patients learn and adopt strategies to manage their condition on their own.
Bipolar Disorder Medications
Bipolar disorder medications may be used to relieve symptoms of bipolar disorder. The type of medication prescribed will depend on the symptoms you are experiencing and may include antipsychotic, antidepressant, anti-anxiety, or mood stabilizing medications.
If you believe you or a loved one may be suffering from bipolar disorder, the first step to feeling better is scheduling a consultation with an experienced psychiatrist. The Psychiatry Group is known for providing high-quality psychiatric evaluations and bipolar disorder treatment. Call 844-495-HELP(4357) today to schedule a consultation.
Our services are currently available to patients in Washington and soon other States in the Pacific Northwest. Reach out today.