Bipolar disorder can appear any time between childhood and the age of 50, but the first signs usually begin in people aged 15-24. No matter how old you are when bipolar disorder begins, it’s a lifelong condition that needs ongoing care from Scott Lane, FNP-C, Sean Leonard, PMHNP-BC, and the team at NuGen Wellness Center. They manage your mood-stabilizing medications and provide therapy, giving you information and skills that help you thrive in everyday life. To schedule an in-person or telemedicine appointment, call the office in Boise, Idaho, or use the online booking feature today.
Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that causes swings in your energy levels and mood. The severity and frequency of your mood swings depend on the type of bipolar disorder:
Bipolar I disorder was originally called manic depressive disorder because of its episodes of full-blown mania and major depression. Manic episodes last at least one week and lead to severe symptoms that often need hospitalization. Most people have a neutral period between their mood swings.
This type of bipolar disorder causes swings between hypomania and major depression. Hypomania, a milder version of full-blown mania, seldom disrupts your ability to meet your daily responsibilities.
Cyclothymic disorder is defined by frequent mood swings that persist for at least two years in adults and one year in children. You have many mood swings, but your symptoms are less severe than hypomania or major depression.
When you have a manic episode, you may:
You may also have delusions and/or hallucinations during a manic episode.
During episodes of major depression, you may:
You can also experience mania and depression at the same time.
During your initial consultation, your therapist does a psychiatric evaluation and recommends a treatment plan. Though your treatment is individualized, all bipolar patients need mood-stabilizing medication to prevent future mood swings.
It also helps to combine therapy with medication. Therapy teaches coping skills and provides support for the life challenges associated with bipolar disorder. For example, you may need help restoring sleep habits or learning better socialization or communication skills.
Through therapy, many people learn to recognize signs of an approaching mood swing — then, they can take steps to prevent it from happening.
If you want to schedule a consultation to explore your mood swings or need ongoing care for bipolar disorder, call NuGen Wellness Center or book an appointment online today.