Everyone’s moods swing between highs and lows. However, when those highs and lows are extreme, changing from manic elation to deep depression, you may have bipolar disorder. At Christie’s Family Health LLC in Houston, Texas, Sheritha Chambliss, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, offers care and treatment to help control and limit your mood swings and improve your overall health and well-being. If you’re concerned that you or a loved one have bipolar disorder, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Formerly known as manic depression, bipolar disorder is a mental health condition characterized by severe mood swings from extreme emotional highs and lows. In general, if you have bipolar disorder, you’ll experience periods of normal moods, too. Both the manic and depressed periods cause disruption to your life.
There are three classifications of bipolar disorder.
Bipolar I causes dramatic mood swings with periods of normal mood between manic and depressed episodes. In most cases, bipolar I is diagnosed during a manic episode when your behavior becomes extreme or dangerous. Manic episodes typically last a week or more while your emotions are aroused, and you feel highly energized or irritable.
Bipolar II also involves extreme mood swings but is typically diagnosed during a depressive episode. Bipolar II’s high episodes are typically classified as hypomanic. They’re less extreme and only last for a few days. Most people who have bipolar II also have periods of normal mood between swings.
Cyclothymic disorder is a less extreme form of bipolar disorder. The mood swings are more frequent but much less extreme in their highs and lows. Typically, for diagnosis, you’ll have experienced mood swings for two years, but your symptoms aren’t severe enough to meet the criteria for manic, hypomanic, or depressive episodes.
Bipolar disorder symptoms are classified as either manic/hypomanic or depressive.
Manic/hypomanic symptoms include:
Depressive symptoms include:
In most cases, bipolar disorder is treated with a combination of psychotherapy and medication. At Christie’s Family Health LLC, Sheritha offers customized treatments to address your specific needs.
Bipolar disorder is often treated medicinally with mood stabilizers to even out your mood swings. By keeping your emotions on an even keel, you can focus your energies on therapy to better understand your illness and work on addressing any other issues that contribute to or trigger your swings.
Call Christie’s Family Health LLC or schedule a consultation online today if you’re concerned about bipolar disorder.