You may know bipolar disorder by its original name: manic-depressive disorder. However, there are different types of bipolar disorder with variations on the extreme manic-depressive swings.
Bipolar I disorder is the original manic-depressive disorder. You have manic (high energy) episodes that last at least one week or cause severe symptoms that require hospitalization. You also have episodes of major depression.
Bipolar II disorder is defined by episodes of hypomania and major depression. Hypomania is less severe than mania, allowing most people to keep up with their daily responsibilities.
This type of bipolar disorder causes frequent mood swings with symptoms that are less severe than hypomania and major depression.
During a full-blown manic episode, you:
In severe cases, you can experience delusions or hallucinations.
During an episode of major depression, you:
You may also experience physical symptoms such as headaches, muscle aches, and stomach aches.
The team at Providence Medical & Mental Health Clinic offers patient-centered services, with a focus on building trust and providing individualized care that meets each person's needs.
The treatment for bipolar disorder typically includes two components: medication and therapy:
Mood-stabilizing medications are essential for most people with bipolar disorder. These medications control mania and depression and may prevent a relapse once your mood stabilizes.
Talk therapy supports the aspects of your life that bipolar disorder disrupts. For example, you may need help restoring or building relationships, learning the signs of an approaching mood swing, dealing with emotions, and reducing stress.
Since the team also has a unique dual-focus on medical and mental health care, they offer comprehensive care for bipolar disorder. They also refer you to a psychiatrist or other medical specialist when needed.
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