Statistics compiled by the National Institute of Mental Health assert that nearly 4.4% of American adults will experience bipolar disorder at some point in their lives. For those in the communities of Webster and Baytown, Texas, as well as the greater Houston area, the care of Mohamed Ahmed, MD, and his team at The PsyClinic can help by creating and implementing a comprehensive and customized treatment plan. That process begins by booking an initial visit online or over the phone, so don’t delay.
Bipolar disorder is a form of mental illness characterized by extreme and often unpredictable shifts in mood. Those who suffer with bipolar disorder can find themselves in a heightened, manic state one day and then unable to pull themselves out of bed the next. It’s even possible to experience a combination of elation and depression at the same time.
Most people with bipolar disorder begin to notice symptoms in their late teenage or early adult years. Children can also develop symptoms. It appears that women are more likely than men to suffer from bipolar disorder, although researchers are uncertain why.
There are several different types of bipolar disorder, and even patients within one type will often have varying symptoms. The primary sign of this condition is unpredictable mood swings with heightened emotions. Those feelings are categorized into two groups: manic and depressive.
During periods of mania, symptoms include increased energy, a decreased need for sleep, and feeling “jumpy” or “wired.” You might have a heightened sense of confidence and well-being (euphoria) or feel the need to speak quickly to try and keep up with racing thoughts. You might also engage in poor decision making, like spending too much money or taking risks when it comes to sexual activity.
During periods of depression, symptoms include loss of interest in normal activities, feeling hopeless, sad, or empty, and being overcome with fatigue. You might find yourself unable to concentrate or focus, or be brought to tears more easily than normal. Suicidal thoughts can occur during depressive episodes and should prompt an immediate call for emergency medical attention.
If you notice a pattern of these types of mood swings, schedule an appointment at The PsyClinic to determine if you have bipolar disorder.
Dr. Ahmed and his team rely on the most recent DSM-5 diagnostic tools and techniques to determine if bipolar disorder is the cause of your symptoms. If they reach a diagnosis, they customize a treatment plan focused on your specific set of needs.
Medication can help some people with bipolar disorder, but talk therapy is always part of the process. While drug therapy can definitely address some of the more severe aspects of this mental illness, strengthening your coping skills is an important part of helping you learn to live with bipolar disorder.
Bipolar disorder not only takes a toll on the sufferer, it can also be incredibly difficult for friends and loved ones. Part of your treatment plan might include family counseling or couples counseling to help those closest to you learn more about your experience and find ways to help them stay balanced and healthy as you navigate bipolar disorder together.
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