Bipolar Disorder Q&A

What is bipolar disorder?


Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that causes you to experience unusual mood changes. These changes are episodic and range from periods of extreme ups, where you feel incredible energy and ecstasy, to severe downs, where you experience persistent hopelessness, sadness, and depressed moods.


Your genetic background and brain function contribute to your risk factors for bipolar disorder. While bipolar disorder is typically uncovered during the teen years, the condition can appear later in adulthood.  



When should I seek treatment for bipolar disorder?


Many who experience symptoms of bipolar disorder don’t always recognize their behaviors or mood changes. Loved ones are often the first to point out notable differences related to bipolar disorder.


You can schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Elevate medical if you or your loved one find it challenging to control manic and depressive episodes. Common signs that you need medical care for bipolar disorder include:

  • Racing thoughts

  • Difficulty making decisions

  • Engaging in risky behaviors

  • Problems falling and staying asleep

  • Thoughts or actions of self-harm or suicide


Often, symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe enough to interfere with your job and your usual routine. Elevate medical can help you understand your condition and create a treatment plan that improves your psychological well-being and overall quality of life.



How is bipolar disorder treated?


The most crucial step in treating bipolar disorder involves an accurate diagnosis. Because symptoms of this condition are similar to many other health conditions, elevate medical takes time to review your personal and family medical history, current health, and signs to confirm your diagnosis.


The team offers several treatment options to help you manage and prevent bipolar symptoms while restoring balance in your mind-body connection. These treatments may include:


Consistent psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is beneficial for helping you recognize your mood and behavior changes.


Medications have proven effective in stabilizing mood swings in patients who have bipolar disorder. They never recommend medications you don’t need and will help you safely taper off medicines when you’re in a better place. Elevate medical works closely with you to determine which drugs work best for your condition and lifestyle.


Lifestyle and diet changes

Through dietary and lifestyle changes, you can better control your bipolar disorder, maximizing our treatments' efficacy. The providers can recommend daily exercises that help relieve restlessness and excess energy to manage anxiety better and improve your mood.


If you have concerns about bipolar disorder symptoms in yourself or someone you love, call the office or schedule a comprehensive health evaluation online today.