Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness that interferes with your ability to function, disrupts your life, and in some cases, leads to hospitalization. But you don't need to face it alone when you can get exceptional care from Nwamaka Emeruem, DNP, APRN, MBA, FNP, PMHNP, and Ebere Ejike-Ilechukwu, APRN, MSN, PMHNP-BC, at @Ease Psychiatry. The team helps you stabilize your symptoms and maintain your quality of life with medication management and talk therapy. Don't wait to schedule an in-person or telemedicine appointment. Call the office in Duncanville, Texas, or use the online booking feature today.
Bipolar disorder was once called manic depression, which describes the condition's mood swings between high-energy mania and low-energy depression. However, there are different types of bipolar, and the severity of your mood swings varies in each type.
Bipolar I disorder is like the original manic depression, with episodes of serious mania and major depression.
Manic episodes last at least one week, affect your ability to function, and often cause such severe symptoms that you need hospitalization. Most people have a neutral or stable period between their mood swings.
Bipolar II disorder causes periods of hypomania and major depression. Hypomania has the same symptoms as mania, but they're less severe. People usually keep up with their daily responsibilities during a period of hypomania.
Cyclothymic disorder causes mood swings that occur more frequently than the other two types. In many cases, you don't have stable periods between the swings. However, your symptoms are less severe than hypomania and major depression.
During a manic episode, you may:
Severe episodes of mania can also cause delusions and hallucinations. Delusions refer to believing something is true or real when it's not. Hallucinations occur when you see, hear, feel, or smell something that isn't there.
During a depressive episode, you may:
Bipolar depression may also cause headaches, an upset stomach, muscle pain, and other physical symptoms.
Mood-stabilizing medications are essential for this lifelong disorder. These medications prevent swings between mania and depression.
Therapy is also an important part of your treatment because it helps you manage other aspects of bipolar disorder. For example, you can learn to recognize the signs of a pending mood swing and the steps you can take to maintain stability.
Bipolar disorder disrupts many areas of your life. Talk therapy helps you deal with these challenges, whether you need to learn skills to control your emotions, rebuild damaged relationships, or reduce stress.
You can count on compassionate care for bipolar disorder at @Ease Psychiatry. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book an appointment online today.