Bipolar Psychiatrist Q&A
At Success Health System LLC, our experienced team of psychiatrists specializes in the diagnosis and Bipolar disorder is characterized by abrupt and often unpredictable mood swings. A patient will fluctuate between manic episodes (severe emotional highs) and depressive episodes (devastating emotional lows) that can cause huge disruptions in their day-to-day life. contact us today or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Creve Coeur MO, St. Louis MO, Independence MO, Columbia MO, and Olathe KS.
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Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that causes abrupt and extreme mood swings that consist of emotional highs (also known as mania or hypomania) and lows (depression). Without treatment, these mood swings can affect day-today life and activities and impede one’s ability to act and think clearly.
At Success Health System LLC, our team of medical practitioners can help diagnose and treat bipolar disorder. We offer valuable experience and insight, leading medical treatment, and a program that is customized to your unique needs. Book in for an appointment online or contact us for any questions that you may have about our services – we’re happy to provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision you can feel confident in.
Bipolar disorder is characterized by abrupt and often unpredictable mood swings. A patient will fluctuate between manic episodes (severe emotional highs) and depressive episodes (devastating emotional lows) that can cause huge disruptions in their day-to-day life.
A manic episode consists of three or more of the following symptoms being present at the same time:
• Uncharacteristically upbeat or wired
• Severely jumpy or sensitive
• High levels of energy or activity
• High levels of agitation
• Feeling fearless or bulletproof
• Exaggerated self-confidence (euphoria)
• Sleeplessness (usually as a result of being so wired)
• Increased talkativeness
• Racing thoughts
• High levels of distractibility
• Poor decision-making and/or impulsive and/or reckless behaviour
It’s important to note that severe cases of mania may trigger a break from reality, known as psychosis, which requires inpatient hospitalization and immediate medical care.
In contrast, a major depressive episode includes five or more of the following symptoms:
• Feeling sad, empty, or hopeless
• Increased feelings of irritability
• Loss of interest in once enjoyable activities or loss of interest in everything altogether.
• Decrease or increase in appetite
• Significant weight loss
• Significant weight gain
• Enhanced restlessness
• Isolating from family and friends
• Feelings of worthlessness
• Excessive or inappropriate amounts of guilt
• Hindered ability to think or concentrate
• Suicidal ideation (thinking about committing suicide)
• Planning and/or attempting suicide
Symptoms of bipolar disorder may include other symptoms such as anxiety, distress, melancholy, psychosis. It should also be noted that it’s common for symptoms to cycle, meaning that they may change or present differently as time goes on.
The exact cause of bipolar is unknown and is still being actively researched. However, the clinical research that has been done suggests that bipolar may be triggered by:
• Genetics. If you have a first-degree relative that has bipolar, such as a parent or a sibling, you have a higher risk of getting it yourself.
• Biological variations. It has been shown that those with bipolar disorder may have a physically different brain structure than those without.
• Periods of high stress. This can include situations such as the death of a loved one, developing an illness, environmental stressors, or other traumatic events.
• Drug or alcohol abuse. Those that misuse substances are more likely to trigger the manic and depressive episodes associated with bipolar.
The manic and depressive episodes that characterize bipolar can cause severe impairments in judgement which, if left untreated, can be dangerous.
• Left untreated, bipolar disorder can result in:
• Drug, alcohol, or substance abuse issues
• Suicidal ideation, suicide, or suicide attempts
• Legal problems
• Financial instability
• Reckless behaviour that leads to dangerous situations or actions
• Damaged or ruined relationships
• Lack of job stability or inability to hold a job
• Poor work and/or academic performance
While symptoms vary from person to person, and may fluctuate in severity over time, it’s vital to seek out treatment as soon as possible to prevent serious and detrimental outcomes.
Bipolar disorder is diagnosed based on a person’s behaviours and their exhibited symptoms. This diagnosis may come from a primary care physician but it’s more likely that a formal diagnosis will be made by a psychiatrist or psychologist.
However, a medical check-up and accompanying tests are always needed to ensure the symptoms are not the result of another medical condition.
If you have questions about bipolar disorder or would like more information about the services we offer, contact us here at Success Health System LLC. We are happy to help support you in your mental health journey no matter what stage you’re at. We serve patients from Creve Coeur MO, St. Louis MO, Independence MO, Olathe KS, Columbia MO, Craig KS, Spring Hill KS, Prathersville MO, Pierpont MO, Kirkwood MO, Kansas City MO, River Bend Mo & Beyond!