People with bipolar disorder have unusual shifts in mood, activity, and energy levels that cause periods of emotional highs and lows. These rapid mood changes affect daily life and responsibilities. Martin Binyange, DNP, PMHNP-BC, MPH, and the team at Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder. To schedule an evaluation, call the office or book online today.
Bipolar disorder is a serious and chronic mental health disorder. It causes intense shifts in mood that affect how you think, feel, and behave.
The mood shifts fluctuate between periods of mania and depression.
During a manic episode, a person with bipolar disorder feels elated and energized and may have an exaggerated sense of well-being and self-confidence. They may also feel more irritable and anxious.
Some people with bipolar disorder have episodes of hypomania, which is a less intense manic episode.
During a depressive episode, a person with bipolar disorder feels sad, hopeless, or indifferent.
There are three types of bipolar disorder that cause unusual shifts in mood. However, the severity of the mood changes varies between each type.
Bipolar I disorder is the most severe type. People with bipolar I disorder have severe manic episodes that last seven or more days and may require hospitalization.
A depressive episode then follows the manic episode, which may last two or more weeks.
People with bipolar II disorder also experience episodes of mania and depression. However, the manic episodes are less severe (hypomania) and may not require hospitalization.
People with cyclothymic disorder have episodes of hypomania and depression over a two-year period or one-year period in children and teens. However, the mood changes may not fit the diagnostic criteria for a bipolar disorder diagnosis.
The team at Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center specializes in the diagnosis of mental health conditions like bipolar disorder. To determine the right diagnosis, the team conducts a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation.
During the evaluation, your mental health counselor asks detailed questions about your symptoms and behaviors and how they affect your daily life. They also review your mental, medical, and family health history.
They also perform a physical exam and may request diagnostic tests to rule out a medical condition that may explain your symptoms.
Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center takes a holistic approach to care. They develop comprehensive treatment plans that not only improve your emotional and mental health but also your physical health.
Treatment for bipolar disorder may include:
The experts at Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center work together with you to develop a life plan that helps you gain control over your symptoms so you can live your best life.
Call Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center, or book an appointment online to schedule your psychiatric evaluation today.