Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is characterized by periods of depression and periods of elevated mood (mania).

Mania is characterized by:

  • High energy
  • Extreme happiness,
  • Feeling irritable
  • Poor decision making
  • Not thinking through the consequences
  • Reduced need for sleep

Depression is characterized by

  • Crying
  • Negative outlook on life
  • Poor eye contact
  • Suicidal thoughts.

 People often look for help when they are feeling depressed which results in misdiagnosis.  

Bipolar disorder can be effectively treated with a combination of mood stabilizing medication and therapy.