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Bipolar disorder is a condition which makes people have times of feeling depressed, as well as periods of being extremely happy or irritable.
Bipolar Disorder is a disease that seems to get represented quite often on television and in the news. It gets mentioned or portrayed in stories where people show unpredictable behavior, or seem to be happy one minute and sad the next. In reality, people who have Bipolar Disorder do have periods of time where they are extremely happy or euphoric and other times when they are depressed, but the phases usually do not shift back and forth as quickly as people think, and they can last for days to weeks at a time.learn more about Bipolar disorder
The clinical teams at CNS Healthcare have worked with thousands of people with Bipolar Disorder over the past 15 years.
If you feel like you cycle back and forth between weeks of feeling manic or extremely high and weeks to months of feeling depressed, it could be bipolar disorder. The good news is that there are many treatment options for Bipolar Disorder. The bad news is that no one particular option works for everyone.
The sooner you reach out and take the first steps toward getting help, the sooner you'll be able to get a sense of stability in your life. We can help you choose the treatment option that is right for you.
The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis and discuss your treatment options. Check out your available treatment options at one of our clinics by scheduling a free consultation.
You took the first important step in finding relief. We can double check your diagnosis and confirm or suggest new treatment options to help in relieving your symptoms.
Bipolar Disorder can have a profound effect on your quality of life. Our healthcare experts can provide education about this condition, offer suggestions on new medication and treatment.
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The most important thing is not to get discouraged. Talk to your doctor or let us evaluate your treatment plan and suggest alternative treatment options or new medication.
There is a great deal of promising research in healthcare underway to improve the treatment options and medication your condition. Let's talk about your treatment and medication options, schedule your free evaluation today.
Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder vary but commonly include those listed below.
During the manic or extreme highs:
During the depressed or extreme lows:
We have helped people to understand the patterns of ups and downs in their lives and the risks associated with each.
The research conducted at CNS Healthcare has lead to the FDA approval of new medications for Bipolar Disorder including Abilify, Geodon, Lamictal, Seroquel, and Symbyax.read more
Bipolar Disorder is a disease that seems to get represented quite often on television and in the news. It gets mentioned or portrayed in stories where people show unpredictable behavior, or seem to be happy one minute and sad the next. In reality, people who have Bipolar Disorder do have periods of time where they are extremely happy or euphoric and other times when they are depressed, but the phases usually do not shift back and forth as quickly as people think, and they can last for days to weeks at a time.
When someone is going through a "high phase," or manic episode, of Bipolar Disorder, they have way more energy than usual. It may seem like they are feeling really good and upbeat, but it can quickly turn into something out of the ordinary. They may start out using the excess energy to get more things done at home or at work, but they may reach a point where they seem almost frantic to do things. In the manic phase, the person with Bipolar Disorder may start talking faster than usual, have a hard time completing a task, or even a conversation, before wanting to move on to something different. They may have unusually big ideas, like going back to school, starting a new business, inventing something revolutionary, or going on a spontaneous trip.
When they are manic, the person with Bipolar Disorder may become impulsive in wanting to do things that sound fun, without thinking of the possible consequences. We've talked to people with Bipolar Disorder who have told us stories of spending all of their savings on a "get rich quick" scheme, unexpectedly walking out on their job, or maxing out their credit cards in a few days because they did not want to stop shopping. Some people have had more dangerous impulses like using street drugs to get a quick high or engaging in sexual acts with people they hardly know.
Another very noticeable characteristic in someone in the manic phase of Bipolar Disorder is that the person seems to need much less sleep than usual. They may only sleep for a few hours per night for several nights in a row and still seem to have an extraordinary amount of energy. When someone is in the midst of a manic phase, they may also be more irritable than usual. They may have unpredictable outbursts of anger, which can be dangerous considering the person's impulsiveness during this time.
Episodes of depression are the other half of what makes up Bipolar Disorder. Just like when someone experiences an episode of depression that is not part of Bipolar Disorder, the person will start to feel sad or down most of the time and will usually show less interest in the things in life that would usually bring happiness. It's common for people with depression to stop spending time with friends and family, to stop doing activities and hobbies that they typically enjoy, and to put less effort into responsibilities at home and work or school.
To other people, a person suffering from depression may appear tearful at times, irritable, unmotivated, and sluggish. It's also common for a person with depression to have some physical signs that something is not quite right. Depression can cause a person to eat a lot more or a lot less than usual, which can lead to drastic changes in their body weight. Depression also causes changes in normal sleeping habits. Some people end up sleeping much more than usual, and still feel tired. Other people with depression have a hard time falling asleep or sleeping well through the night.
Many people with depression also have a hard time focusing or concentrating. They may have a hard time doing anything that requires attention, like paying bills or completing work-related tasks, and may even have a hard time carrying on a conversation.
One of the more dangerous aspects of depression is the tendency for people to have recurrent thoughts of death or suicide. While not everyone with depression becomes a threat to themselves, suicide is a leading cause of death among people with depression. If you or someone you know with depression is having thoughts or plans to harm themselves, it is imperative to seek professional help immediately.
A common misconception is that people need a specific reason to feel depressed, like losing a job, a relationship ending, or other drastic life changes. In reality, many people who become depressed cannot describe one specific thing that caused them to feel down. Many people who suffer from depression tell us that everything is great in their lives and that they don't know why they are feeling down.
Many of us will have times in our lives that we are feeling down, but when the feelings last for more than 2 consecutive weeks, and things do not seem to be getting better despite the situation changing, you may be depressed. If you feel like you cycle back and forth between weeks of feeling manic and weeks to months of feeling depressed, it could be bipolar disorder. The good news is that there are many treatment options for Bipolar Disorder. The bad news is that no one particular option works for everyone. The sooner you reach out and take the first steps toward getting help, the sooner you'll be able to get a sense of stability in your life.
Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder may include:
During the manic or extreme highs:
During the depressed or extreme lows:
Please note that not all people with Bipolar Disorder will experience the same symptoms. Only your healthcare professional, like those at CNS Healthcare, can accurately diagnose Bipolar Disorder and recommend treatment and medication options.
Like depression, Bipolar Disorder is often treated with a combination of therapy and medication. Finding the right combination or medication to treat Bipolar Disorder is key and unfortunately many people get discouraged in the process.
CNS Healthcare has been at the forefront of evaluating new treatment options for Bipolar Disorder resulting in the approval of some of today's of the most commonly prescribed medication like Abilify, Geodon, Lamictal, Seroquel, and Symbyax.
Interested in learning more about these new treatment options and medication for Bipolar Disorder? Schedule a free consultation.