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Bipolar Disorder

Psychiatric Mental Health Care, Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy & Psychiatric Medication Management located in Westlake Village, CA

Bipolar Disorder services offered in Westlake Village, CA

Bipolar disorder, once called manic-depressive disorder, can lead to behavioral and emotional challenges when left untreated. If your quality of daily life is affected by bipolar disorder, Priya Parmar, MD, and the caring team at State of Mind Wellness Center can help. To learn more about bipolar disorder, call the office in Westlake Village, California, or use the online booking feature today.  

Bipolar Disorder Q&A

What is bipolar disorder? 

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder in which people shift between periods of feeling elated to periods where they feel very depressed. These sudden shifts in their mood make it difficult for them to manage daily activities and focus on the task at hand. 

Researchers believe that bipolar disorder develops from certain factors like brain structure and genetics. Other factors that may trigger the condition also include experiencing stressful or traumatic events. 

What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?

The primary symptoms of bipolar disorder are mania and depression. 

Mania

Mania causes feelings of excessive happiness. You feel unusually energized and elated like you’re on top of the world. You may also feel on edge or irritable and may have difficulty eating and sleeping. 

Depression

Depression causes feelings of despair and intense sadness. You might feel low energy and motivation, and feel like it’s hard to concentrate on anything or make decisions. 

People with bipolar disorder have mood episodes where they feel either manic or depressed every day.

What are the types of bipolar disorder?

There are three types of bipolar disorder. Each type causes distinct changes in mood and energy. 

The severity and duration of these symptoms vary, depending on the type of bipolar disorder:

Bipolar I disorder

Bipolar I disorder causes people to have manic periods, which last for four days or more, or severe symptoms which may require hospitalization. Depression episodes follow these manic periods. 

Bipolar II disorder

Bipolar II disorder causes shifts between depression and hypomania (a mild form of mania). 

Cyclothymia

Cyclothymia, also known as cyclothymic disorder, causes fluctuations between periods of mild depression and hypomania that last for two years or more. 

What treatments are available for bipolar disorder?

State of Mind Wellness Center customizes a treatment plan that suits your type of bipolar disorder, taking into account all aspects of your condition, including psychological and social aspects.   

Treatments for bipolar disorder may include:

Medications 

Your provider at State of Mind Wellness Center may recommend medications like mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, or antidepressants, to reduce symptoms of mania and depression. 

They help you to find the right medication that provides the fewest side effects and best relief from your symptoms. 

Psychotherapy

State of Mind Wellness Center can work with you to develop a psychotherapy plan that allows you to identify negative thought patterns and feelings which may cause mood episodes. 

Your provider also guides you to recognize any signs or symptoms that might indicate a mood episode. 

For help with bipolar disorder, call the State of Mind Wellness Center or book an appointment online today.