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Bipolar Disorder

Guiding Light Health Care Services, LLC

Psychiatrists & Mental Health Providers located in Warner Robins, GA

Bipolar disorder is a manic-depressive illness that affects nearly six million people in the United States. There are many types of the disorder, which affects people in different degrees of severity, which is why it’s important to have the right mental health professional in your corner. At Guiding Light Health Care Services, LLC, William Scott, MD, has considerable experience with bipolar disorder. To learn more about your treatment options, call the office in Warner Robins, Georgia, or use the online scheduling tool.

Bipolar Disorder Q & A

What is bipolar disorder?

Also known as manic depression, Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes extreme shifts in behavior, from severe high to low moods. 

Changes in your sleep, energy, mindset, and behavior can disrupt your life in significant ways, depending upon the type and severity of the condition.

People with bipolar disorder can have periods in which they feel extremely happy and energized to periods of feeling sadness, hopelessness, and sluggishness.

Bipolar disorder has basic classifications, including:

Bipolar I disorder

This variation of the illness is defined by manic episodes that last a week or more and often require hospitalization. These manic periods are often followed by depressive periods that last at least two weeks.

Bipolar II disorder

With bipolar II disorder, you cycle through manic and depressive stages, although the manic stages aren’t usually severe enough to require hospitalization.

Cyclothymic disorder 

If you suffer from manic and depressive episodes that don’t affect your life too terribly, but they last for two years or more, this is classified as cyclothymic disorder.

The final category is a catchall for variations of the illness that don’t necessarily fit neatly into a type, but the symptoms are still present.

What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?

The two hallmarks of bipolar disorder are manic and depressive episodes, and the following is a look at some of the symptoms under each category:

Manic episodes

  • Feeling a sense of euphoria
  • Abundant energy
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Racing thoughts
  • Risky behavior
  • Feeling invincible
  • Talking incessantly

Depressive episodes

  • Feeling hopeless and sad
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Lack of energy
  • Anxiety and worry
  • Suicidal thoughts

These episodes vary from one person to the next and might be an endless cycle for some or only appear from time to time in others.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

The team at Guiding Light Health Care Services, LLC takes a tailored approach to bipolar disorder since no two cases are alike. Once they have a better idea of how the symptoms of bipolar disorder are affecting your life, they typically recommend a combination of medications and movement-based therapy. 

Guiding Light Health Care Services, LLC believes that certain medications are helpful in addressing the immediate problems that come with bipolar disorder, but they also firmly believe in teaching patients with the tools they need to better manage the condition on their own, providing a lifelong solution that comes from within.

They aim to minimize the frequency of manic and depressive episodes and reduce the severity of symptoms so patients can lead a normal and productive life. With continued treatment, Guiding Light Health Care Services, LLC typically see improvements within 3-4 months.

Through mindfulness, awareness, and emotional regulation techniques, the team at Guiding Light Health Care Services, LLC helps you get back in charge of yourself and your life.

For experienced and comprehensive treatment of bipolar disorder, call Guiding Light Health Care Services, LLC or use the online scheduling tool to request a consultation.