Bipolar disorder symptoms may appear at any age, even in young children, but they most often occur between the ages of 14 to 21. At Brighter Light Behavioral Health Services, experienced psychiatric provider Stanley Okeyemi, PMHNP, diagnoses and treats bipolar disorder, providing the consistent medication management needed to stabilize mood swings. Stanley offers psychiatric assessments and treatment through telemedicine, allowing him to help people in Texas, Virginia, North Carolina, Washington, Idaho, Connecticut, Nebraska, Florida, Iowa, and Arizona. Call the office today or click the online booking feature to get exceptional care for bipolar disorder.
Bipolar disorder causes swings in your energy, mood, and behavior, but that doesn’t always mean you have extreme mania and depression. The severity of your symptoms and the frequency of your mood swings depend on the type of bipolar disorder:
Bipolar I disorder causes episodes of full-blown mania and major depression. Your manic episodes last at least one week and the symptoms are usually so severe that patients need hospitalization.
Bipolar II disorder causes hypomania along with episodes of major depression. Hypomania causes the same symptoms as mania, but they’re less severe and usually don’t interfere with daily life.
Cyclothymic disorder is defined by mood swings between mild hypomania and depression (less severe than major depression). Though your symptoms are milder, your mood swings last at least two years and are frequent enough to disrupt your daily life.
Mania and hypomania cause the following symptoms:
During a depressive episode, you experience symptoms such as:
You may also have physical symptoms like muscle aches, headaches, and stomach or digestive problems.
Before recommending treatment, your Brighter Light Behavioral Health Services provider learns about your symptoms, reviews your medical history, and does a psychiatric evaluation.
Medications are essential for treating bipolar disorder. Your provider prescribes medicines that stabilize mood swings and can often put them into remission. They also treat any other mental health disorders you may have and help you find other treatments, such as therapy.
Bipolar is a challenging mental health condition, but with consistent treatment at Brighter Light Behavioral Health Services, you can achieve a fulfilling life. Call the office today or use online booking to request a telemedicine appointment.