Bipolar Disorder Treatment

Diagnosis, Treatment, & Management of Bipolar Disorder in Adults

Aura MD is a trusted provider of bipolar disorder treatments for bipolar disorders diagnosed in adults.

Our certified psychiatrists serving all of Texas have spent years developing a compassionate and welcoming environment that seeks to help our patients find individualized treatments specifically formulated for their condition – including diagnosis, management options and more.

What is Bipolar Disorder And What The Different Types Of Bipolar Disorder?

Cyclothymic Disorders

This is often characterized by manic and depressive stages. However, in cyclothymic disorders, the degree of manic and depressive stages is a lot less when compared to those experienced by bipolar people.

The fluctuation in mood is experienced typically for prolonged periods of time and a minimum of 2 years of symptoms.

 

Bipolar Disorder 1 and Bipolar Disorder 2

Bipolar disorder can be exhibited in two different forms. Bipolar Disorder I and Bipolar Disorder II.

Bipolar Disorder type 2 is characterized by a much shorter and less intense exhibition of Bipolar disorder symptoms. While the symptoms may be shorter and less intense, patients who have been diagnosed often benefit from treatment as well.

Signs And Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

It’s a difficult challenge living with bipolar disorder, and sometimes even more challenging to stay active and productive when you’re dealing with bipolar disorder.

Mood episodes often last for days, weeks or months at time are sometimes so debilitating that it can make daily life unusually challenging. Mania commonly presents with too much energy, reduced need of sleep and the person might not be able to distinguish what they feel from reality.   There are typically distinct separate episodes of depression of feeling unusually low, losing interest in usual enjoyable activities and feeling hopeless for no apparent reason.

Manic Symptoms associated with Bipolar Disorders
Depressive Symptoms

Testing for Bipolar Disorder

A diagnosis for bipolar disorder can only be confirmed by mental health professionals through a detailed consultation of the patient’s current and past bipolar disorder symptoms. AuraMD uses evidence-based approaches to help patients better manage their symptoms, as well as help to explain what causes bipolar disorder in the brain, so that they may live as healthy, happy individuals, and get the most effective treatment for bipolar disorder that they can.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Bipolar Disorder

While neither bipolar 1 or 2 is considered “worse” than the other, bipolar 1 can often cause manic episodes which are more severe and last longer than hypomanic episodes that are common in bipolar 2.

Bipolar 1 can be serious, especially if left untreated

Bipolar disorder can be triggered by multiple things, some of which include having a first-degree relative with a history of bipolar disorder as well as instances of high stress and anxiety.

While the symptoms of bipolar 1 and 2 can be managed and minimized with appropriate treatment, it will never “go away”. However, it is very possible to reach remission with bipolar disorder where symptoms are minimal and do not interfere with everyday life.

Bipolar might worsen with age over time if left untreated. As time passes, it is possible to experience episodes that increase in severity or become more regular than when symptoms were first identified.

Currently, bipolar disorder is considered a handicap or disability under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and may be considered to some as an “invisible disability”.

Bipolar can manifest in different ways based on the individual, however, most often a person with bipolar will experience depressive episodes along with episodes of mania or hypomania which can look like overwhelming energy, excitement, a decreased need for sleep, changes in social patterns, and impulsivity.

The bipolar affective disorder is regularly inherited, with hereditary aspects accounting for about 80% of the cause of the condition. Bipolar affective disorder is one of the most likely psychological conditions to be passed down from family. If one parent has a bipolar condition, there’s a 10% chance that their kid will create a health problem.

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