What is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar Disorder (BD) is a mental illness that occurs when a person’s mood fluctuates rapidly between mania and depression. The periods between each state of BD can last several weeks and can be quite extreme. Here at Montana Psychiatry & Brain Health Center, we encourage you to learn more about bipolar disorder and what you can do to manage it.
Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
When people experience manic episodes, they experience certain symptoms associated with BD. Symptoms of mania are extreme euphoria or irritability, impulsive and rash decision-making, and highly talkative spells. Those with BD also experience racing thoughts, increased sexual libido, and an unusually high level of energy. During times of mania, individuals may engage in risky behavior. On the flipside of the BD, depression is a debilitating experience felt sooner or later. Symptoms of depression are feelings of helplessness, apathy, slow speech, poor coordination, feelings of fatigue, and oversleeping or not sleeping enough. Feelings of sadness and loneliness are also indications of depression. A major warning sign of depression is suicidal feelings and thoughts.
Treatment and Maintenance of Bipolar Disorder
There are many options to consider when treating bipolar disorder. It is important to see a psychiatrist so that the individual with BD gets the proper care and treatment. These health care professionals are well qualified in helping patients develop better skills in coping with the ups and downs of BD. Those with BD should also refrain from the use of alcohol and habit-forming drugs. These individuals need to get enough sleep each night so that they can prevent episodes from occurring. They should take care to not be overstimulated by parties and overexposed to television. There are certain types of medications that are used to treat bipolar disorder. These drugs include mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, and certain antidepressants.
Contact Us to Get More Information
To learn more about bipolar disorder, its symptoms, and how to treat it, we welcome you to make an appointment with Montana Psychiatry & Brain Health Center. At our convenient location in Billings, our dedicated team of professionals will be happy to explain your options in full and address any questions or concerns you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to meeting you!