Bipolar Disorder is a complicated disease that can be difficult to recognize, diagnose, and treat. At Tucker Pavilion, we provide comprehensive treatment for bipolar disorder, and can help you feel better and get back to managing and enjoying your life.
Bipolar disorder is caused by a biochemical imbalance in the brain, and is not a sign of mental or emotional weakness.
Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder, a cyclical disease of highs and lows. During the mania stage, individuals may feel so good that when family or friends recognize the mood swings, they will deny that anything is wrong.
During this stage some individuals may go on spending sprees, travel long distances, become promiscuous, or disturb public peace and end up at the police station. The feeling can exceed pleasantness so severely that the manic episode may be accompanied by hallucinations and distorted thinking. In the depression phase of this disease, the person may fall into a state indistinguishable from major depression. These mood swings can be so severe that the effect on the individual's life can be devastating.
Bipolar disorder is not often recognized by the patient, relatives, friends or even physicians. An early sign of bipolar disorder is a persistent, intense elevation in mood far beyond what's considered usual for the individual. In its early stages, bipolar disorder may appear to masquerade as a problem other than mental illness. It may first appear as alcohol or drug abuse, or poor school or work performance. Unlike clinical depression, which can occur at any age, bipolar disorder usually strikes before age 35.
Symptoms of Mania:
- Extreme irritability and distractibility
- Excessive 'high' or euphoric feelings
- A sustained period of behavior that is different from normal
- Increased energy, activity, restlessness, racing thoughts, rapid speech
- Decreased need for sleep
- Unrealistic belief's in one's ability and power
- Uncharacteristically poor judgment
- Increased sexual drive
- Substance abuse
- Obnoxious, provocative or intrusive behavior
- Denial that anything is wrong
- Thoughts of death or suicide attempts
- Inability to concentrate or remember details
- Racing uncontrollable thoughts
- Rage and paranoia
Symptoms of Depression:
- Irregular sleeping patterns
- Frequent awakening in the middle of the night
- Thoughts of death or suicide
- Inability to function at work or school
- Lack of energy or constant fatigue
- Difficulty with concentrating, remembering or making decisions
- Persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, hopelessness
- Headaches, digestive disorders, nausea, pain with no medical basis
- Excessive crying
- Slowed thinking
- Irregular eating patterns
- Loss of sex drive
- Restlessness and irritability
- Loss of interest in daily activities
- Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
Bipolar disorder is caused by a biochemical imbalance in the brain. It can be successfully maintained through medication and therapy.
If you think you or a loved one may have bipolar disorder, Tucker Pavilion can help.
Call us at (804) 483-0050