Bipolar Disorder Treatment
“Today I’m proud to say I am living proof that someone can live, love, and be well with bipolar disorder when they get the education, support, and treatment they need.” ~ Demi Lovato
WHAT IS BIPOLAR DISORDER?
Bipolar Disorder is a mental health condition that causes unusual and extreme shifts in mood, energy levels, and ability to function. It is marked by periods of very high (mania or hypomania) and very low (depressed) moods.
WHAT IS IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BIPOLAR I & II?
Bipolar Disorder is broken into two parts, with the main difference being the level of severity. Bipolar 1 is diagnosed when a person has a manic episode; they will have had depressive episodes in the past, and possibly have been diagnosed with major depressive disorder. Bipolar 2 is diagnosed when a person has had at least one major depressive episode and at least one hypomanic episode. With both types of Bipolar Disorder, people return to normal function between episodes.
WHAT IS A MANIC EPISODE? AND HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM A HYPOMANIC EPISODE?
Mania (or a manic episode) refers to an extremely high mood that lasts for at least a week. The person will have increased energy levels with a need for less sleep than normal; they may have an exaggerated sense of their abilities and partake in risky behavior, such as extreme spending, reckless driving, and unsafe sex. During a manic episode, people tend to have racing thoughts and bizarre ideas. Typically the changes in a person’s mood are severe enough to cause disruption and are evident to family and friends.
Hypomania (or a hypomanic episode) is a less severe form of mania. It’s an elevated mood accompanied by behavior that is different from the person’s baseline. During a hypomanic episode the individual is normally able to function in their everyday life; the symptoms do not typically cause the problems that a manic episode can often lead to.
TREATMENT FOR BIPOLAR DISORDER IN NEW YORK CITY
Bipolar Disorder is not a death sentence, it can be successfully treated with medications and therapy. At Jeff Ditzell Psychiatry we have providers skilled not only in treating Bipolar Disorder but also in helping individuals thrive. If you or a loved one may be suffering from this illness, we can help – there is no need to continue suffering!
Bipolar Disorder & Depression
Depression is a low mood state marked by feelings of sadness and hopelessness, with a loss of interest in activities once found enjoyable. In Bipolar Disorder, a depressive episode lasts for at least two weeks and can have varying symptoms. For more information on depression, click here.
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