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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder services offered in Tempe and Gilbert, AZ

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a complex mental health condition characterized by extreme mood swings that include emotional highs (mania or hypomania) and lows (depression). At Calm Psych in Tempe and Gilbert, Arizona, Priti Patel, MD, and the team offer comprehensive evaluation and personalized treatment for individuals living with bipolar disorder. For treatment, call the office nearest you or request an appointment online.

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, affects millions of people worldwide. It involves dramatic shifts in mood, energy, and activity levels, impacting daily functioning and overall well-being. 

Common symptoms of bipolar disorder include:

  • Manic Episodes: Periods of elevated mood, excessive energy, and impulsivity.
  • Hypomanic Episodes: Less severe than manic episodes but still involve elevated mood and increased activity.
  • Depressive Episodes: Periods of intense sadness, fatigue, and loss of interest in activities once enjoyed.

Signs of bipolar disorder can vary depending on the type and severity of the condition. However, some common signs and symptoms include:

  • Extreme Mood Swings
  • Impulsivity
  • Sleep Disturbances
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Changes in Activity Levels
  • Changes in Appetite or Weight
  • Feelings of Grandiosity

Are there different types of bipolar disorder?

Yes, bipolar disorder is classified into several types, including:

  • Bipolar I Disorder: Characterized by manic episodes that last at least seven days or are severe enough to require immediate medical attention. Depressive episodes may also occur.
  • Bipolar II Disorder: Involves recurring episodes of hypomania and depression but no full-blown manic episodes.
  • Cyclothymic Disorder (Cyclothymia): Involves numerous periods of hypomanic symptoms and depressive symptoms that last for at least two years (one year in children and adolescents).

Each type of bipolar disorder may present with unique symptoms and treatment considerations.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

Treatment for bipolar disorder typically involves a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle modifications to manage symptoms and promote stability. The team offers individualized treatment plans tailored to each patient's needs, including:

  • Medication Management: Prescription medications, such as mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, or antidepressants, may be prescribed to help stabilize mood and reduce symptoms of bipolar disorder.
  • Therapy: Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), psychoeducation, and interpersonal therapy can help individuals develop coping skills, manage stress, and improve relationships.
  • Lifestyle Changes: Adopting a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, balanced nutrition, adequate sleep, and stress reduction techniques, can support overall well-being and help manage symptoms of bipolar disorder.

The Calm Psych team takes a collaborative approach to treatment, working closely with each patient to develop a customized plan that addresses their unique needs and goals.

If you or someone you know is struggling with bipolar disorder, don't hesitate to seek help. Schedule an appointment with the team by phone or online today to receive expert care and support in managing bipolar disorder and achieving greater stability and quality of life.