What is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that causes you to experience periods of extreme emotional highs, followed by periods of lows and symptoms of depression. As a result of bipolar disorder, you experience mood swings where you feel extremely happy and full of energy before your mood shifts to feelings of hopelessness or sadness.
Due to these mood swings, you may find it difficult to work, be social, or navigate life at home. You may experience mood changes on occasion or multiple times throughout the year.
What Causes Bipolar Disorder?
The exact cause of bipolar disorder isn’t clearly understood. You may be at increased risk for developing the condition due to physical changes in your brain or if you have a family history of the disorder.
In some cases, bipolar disorder symptoms may begin after a stressful or traumatic event. If you abuse drugs or alcohol, you may also be susceptible to developing bipolar disorder. If left untreated, the symptoms of bipolar disorder can worsen and cause additional complications, such as:
- Legal problems
- Financial difficulties
It may also be difficult to maintain healthy relationships with family members or friends.
Treatments for Bipolar Disorder?
While there’s no cure for bipolar disorder, Dr. Weinstein and his team create a long-term treatment plan to keep your condition under control. Initially, he may recommend cognitive behavioral therapy to help you recognize the warning signs of a mood change to help you better prepare to manage them.
Medication therapy can also be effective at minimizing the severity of your symptoms and preventing the development of depression or anxiety. Dr. Weinstein may suggest mood stabilizers to reduce the number of manic or depressive episodes you experience.
As bipolar disorder is a lifelong condition, Dr. Weinstein works with you and your family every step of the way to ensure you have the support and resources you need.
Ongoing therapy is important for controlling your symptoms and helping you enjoy a high quality of life. Even when you’re feeling better, you should continue taking medications as Dr. Weinstein prescribes and follow through with your talk therapy sessions.