Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes changes in your mood, energy level, and ability to function. People with bipolar disorder experience intense emotional states that last from days to weeks and are called mood episodes. Bipolar mood episodes can be manic or hypomanic, either abnormally happy or irritable, or depressive, as in a sad mood. Bipolar disorder can include periods of neutral mood as well. People with bipolar disorder can lead full and productive lives when they are treated by our bipolar disorder psychiatrist.
The following behaviors must represent a change from the person’s usual behavior and be clear to friends and family, cause dysfunction in work, family, or social activities and responsibilities:
Some people experiencing manic bipolar episodes also experience disorganized thinking, false beliefs, and hallucinations. A major depressive episode is a period of at least two weeks in which a person has five or more of the following symptoms:
Bipolar disorder symptoms often improve with treatment. At The Center for Developmental Psychiatry, our team can provide treatment for bipolar disorder. Possible treatments prescribe medications known as “mood stabilizers” and psychotherapy. We prescribe medications to correct imbalanced brain signaling. Our treatment plans are individualized, and patients may need to try different medications before finding the one what works best for them.