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Bipolar Disorders: Warning Signs, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Everyone experiences highs and lows in life. A breakup or losing a job can cause people to feel sad and depressed, while the birth of a child or getting a promotion at work can give people a surge of energy and excitement. For people with bipolar disorder, the cycle of highs and lows is continual and uncontrollable, affecting their mood and behavior to greater extremes than the average person may experience. Luckily, My Psychiatrist offers comprehensive treatment for Bipolar disorder at both of our South Florida locations.

With bipolar disorder, the lows can mean major depressive episodes while the highs, called manic episodes, can make them feel out of control and cause them to engage in high-risk, dangerous behavior. Bipolar disorder was formerly referred to as manic depression because of the cycle of manic episodes and depression.

Types of Bipolar Disorder

There are many types of bipolar disorders which makes it imperative that each individual finds the right treatment. A mental health professional can provide a diagnosis after an assessment to better treat the bipolar disorder and offer relief from anxiety symptoms here at My Psychiatrist in Florida.

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Bipolar I Disorder

People with bipolar I disorder experience mood episodes that last days to weeks at a time. Typically, the manic episodes last around one week or longer and include severe symptoms that might even require hospitalization or professional monitoring to ensure the safety of the individual. The depressive episodes can be more severe and may last for two weeks or longer. However, some people with bipolar I disorder may experience mixed mood episodes in which the manic and depressive symptoms occur simultaneously.

Bipolar II Disorder

People with bipolar II disorder experience mood episodes that include depressive episodes and hypomanic episodes that are not as extreme as the full-blown mania experienced during bipolar I disorder. The hypomanic episodes and depressive episodes may last for days to weeks at a time.

Cyclothymic Disorder

Cyclothymic disorder (Cyclothymia) is when mood episodes are marked by less intense symptoms, but continue over the course of two years or longer. The symptoms are not as extreme as those experienced during manic, hypomanic, or depressive episodes during bipolar I or bipolar II disorders, but there are marked changes in mood.

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