Bipolar disorder is characterized by periods of mania followed by major episodes of depression, varying from hours to days, weeks or months. These cycles can contribute to major disruptions in one’s work or social life, impacting their relationships and detracting from the ability to live life as one's best self. While this is a complicated experience and diagnosis, Mind Body Psychiatry clinicians use the latest research and individualized methods to inform the best treatments, helping the individual reach a greater sense of emotional regulation to aid in the journey to wellness.
Some of the typical symptoms of mania or hypomania include:
Feeling “up” or elated
Having excessive energy
Having trouble sleeping
Feeling like thoughts are running very fast
Engaging in risky behaviors related to sex, drugs, or excessive spending
Symptoms of depression include:
Feeling sad, down, or hopeless
Having very little energy
Sleeping too little or too much
Eating too little or too much
Difficulty enjoying activities
Thinking about death or suicide**
Treatments for bipolar disorder include psychopharmacology or psychotherapy, as well as mind body techniques such as lifestyle and nutritional changes, mindfulness-based therapies or light therapy. Life with bipolar disorder can be stressful, and pursuing treatment is an important step in learning how to take care of yourself to minimize episodes of either elevated or low mood shifts.
Dr. Beata Bliss Lewis, MD specializes in bipolar disorder treatment.
** If you are having thoughts of committing suicide, call 911, go to your nearest emergency room, or call 1-800-LIFENET (1-800-543-3638) for immediate assistance.