Bipolar disorder can affect every aspect of your health, from your mood and self-esteem to your interpersonal and professional relationships. Psychiatric specialist and nurse practitioner Rachel Christian, ARNP, PMHNP, has over 20 years of experience diagnosing and treating all types of bipolar disorder at MRSC Solutions in Royal Palm, Florida. Call or schedule an appointment online today to get the care you deserve.
Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric condition that affects your mood, energy, and mental clarity. It causes intense emotional highs and lows. Bipolar disorder is often difficult to diagnose and treat. The condition can mimic other mental health disorders, like generalized anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
An accurate diagnosis is a critical component of managing bipolar disorder. The experienced mental health professionals at MRSC Solutions have helped men and women of all ages manage the signs of bipolar disorder for more than 20 years.
There are four main types of bipolar disorder:
Bipolar I disorder typically causes intermittent episodes of mania and depression, but you must experience one or more manic periods to receive a proper diagnosis.
Unlike bipolar I, individuals with bipolar II disorder typically never experience full manic episodes. Instead, you may have depressive and hypomanic episodes, which are typically less intense than mania.
Also called cyclothymia, this disorder causes mild periods of hypomania and depression for at least two years.
If you don’t meet the criteria for bipolar disorder but still experience abnormal mood swings, unspecified may be the cause.
Bipolar disorder can present differently depending on whether you’re experiencing manic, hypomanic, or depressive episodes. Telltale signs of bipolar disorder typically include:
Without treatment, bipolar disorders can lead to risky behaviors that put your professional and personal life in jeopardy.
After reviewing your medical history and performing a physical exam, your provider assesses your symptoms and compares them against the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) to determine whether you meet the criteria for bipolar disorder. They may also conduct additional psychological testing to diagnose your condition.
Treating bipolar disorder requires a combination of medication and therapy. Standard treatments include:
Your provider may also recommend lifestyle changes to manage symptoms of bipolar disorder.
Call MRSC Solutions today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about bipolar disorder.