Bipolar Disorder

Bowman Medical Group

Psychiatrists & Mental Health Providers located in Beverly Hills, CA

An estimated 4.4% of men and women and roughly 2.9% of adolescents and teens in the United States suffer from bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme mood swings that can impact your ability to function in daily life and maintain personal relationships. To schedule an evaluation, call Bowman Medical Group in Beverly Hills, California, today.

Bipolar Disorder Q & A

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder was previously known as manic depression. This serious mental health condition can have a devastating impact on your overall well-being because it causes extreme mood swings that can affect your ability to function in all aspects of your life. 

Mood swings from mania to depression, or episodes, can last days, months, and even years. Many patients also experience periods of normal mood variations.

There are two primary types of bipolar disorder:

Bipolar I

Bipolar I involves periods of at least seven days of increased activity or energized euphoria, racing thoughts, and difficulty sleeping. These manic episodes involving elevated, expansive, or irritable moods may trigger psychotic symptoms such as grandiose delusions and cause significant functional impairment. Often, manic episodes can be followed by severe depression that can last for long periods of time.  

Bipolar II

Bipolar II involves depressive episodes and hypomanic episodes. Hypomania doesn’t have the severity of a manic episode, doesn’t include psychotic symptoms, and may only last a few days. 

What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?

Manic symptoms associated with bipolar disorder include:

  • Increased energy 
  • Sleeplessness
  • Excessive talking
  • Racing thoughts
  • Impulsivity 
  • An exaggerated sense of self-importance

Depressive symptoms of bipolar disorder include:

  • Overwhelming feelings of sorrow, hopelessness, or worthlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Decreased appetite
  • Fatigue or slowed behavior
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Suicidal thoughts

Other mental health conditions frequently co-occur with bipolar disorder. Common co-occurring psychiatric conditions include anxiety disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and substance use disorder.

What causes bipolar disorder?

Several factors may contribute to bipolar disorder, especially genetics, individual brain chemistry, stress, family environment, and trauma. It is most often diagnosed in adolescence.

There’s no known cure for bipolar disorder, but with proper care and management, you can regain control over your mood and improve your quality of life.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

To determine if you have a bipolar disorder diagnosis, your experienced provider at Bowman Medical Group performs a comprehensive evaluation, including an in-depth interview, psychological screening, and other tests. 

The practice addresses bipolar disorder with individualized treatment plans tailored to meet the needs of each patient. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Individual psychotherapy 
  • Group, family, or couples therapy
  • Mood stabilizers 
  • Antipsychotic medications

If you suffer from bipolar disorder, ongoing treatment from a trusted provider at Bowman Medical Group can help. To schedule an evaluation for yourself or a family member, call the office to request an appointment today.