Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that causes unusual shifts in mood. People with bipolar disorder have manic and depressive episodes.
During a manic episode, your mood is elevated and euphoric, and you have a lot of energy. However, you may also feel restless and irritable and have problems sleeping.
Manic episodes can be so concerning that they require hospitalization. On the other hand, hypomanic means your manic symptoms are less severe, and you may not require hospitalization.
During a depressive episode, your mood is low, and you feel down, sad, and hopeless. You may also feel tired and sleep more or less than usual.
At Prime Psychiatry, our team classifies bipolar disorders based on the severity of the manic and depressive episodes. Bipolar disorder types include:
With bipolar I disorder, you have severe manic episodes that last seven or more days, followed by periods of depression.
With bipolar II disorder, the mood changes are less severe, causing episodes of hypomania and depression.
The cyclothymic disorder causes hypomanic and depressive symptoms for at least two years. However, the shifts in mood aren’t severe enough for a bipolar disorder diagnosis.
The specifics of your psychiatric evaluation at Prime Psychiatry depend on your symptoms and mental health history. However, you can expect a comprehensive, patient-focused evaluation.
Your provider reviews your symptoms, mental health history, medical history, and family history. We also administer psychological tests, assessing your cognitive, mental, and emotional health.
Testing also helps our team diagnose your mental health condition so we can design the most appropriate treatment plan.
Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental health condition that requires ongoing management and care. At Prime Psychiatry, our team customizes treatment based on bipolar disorder type, the severity of symptoms, and your mental health history.
Treatment for bipolar disorder may include:
Our team works closely with you to design a plan that best meets your needs and goals.
For expert bipolar disorder care, call Prime Psychiatry or schedule an appointment online today.