Live Well Psychiatry
Psychiatrists & TMS Specialists located in Meridian, ID
If you have mood swings between deep depression and disruptive mania, you might have bipolar disorder. The mental health experts at Live Well Psychiatry diagnose and treat bipolar disorder in Meridian, Idaho. Dr. Hoopes is nationally renowned for his medical studies and his work on bipolar treatments. If you’re concerned about bipolar disorder, call Live Well Psychiatry today.
Bipolar Disorders Q & A
What is bipolar disorder?
Bipolar disorder causes dramatic swings in your mood, shifting between depressive and manic episodes. You might have periods of normal mood between your extremes. There are three common types of bipolar disorder, which are identified by the severity of your symptoms.
Bipolar I causes extreme and intense mood swings between mania and depression. In most cases, doctors diagnose bipolar I during a manic episode when your symptoms lead to reckless and dangerous behavior.
Bipolar II also causes intense mood swings, but you have hypomanic episodes instead of full-blown mania. Hypomania is a less severe form of mania. You’re most likely to seek treatment for bipolar II because of your depressive symptoms. Bipolar II also increases your risk of additional mental health disorders such as anxiety and substance abuse.
Cyclothymic disorder is the mildest form of the condition. You still have emotional ups and downs, but your depressive and hypomanic episodes are frequent but less severe.
What are the common bipolar disorder symptoms?
Bipolar disorder causes depressive, manic, and hypomanic symptoms. During a depressive episode you might experience:
- Intense feelings of sadness, despair, and worthlessness
- Lost interest in hobbies and activities
- Social withdrawal
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Changes in appetite
- Feeling restless
- Reduced concentration
- Thoughts of death or suicide
However, during a manic episode, you might have symptoms such as:
- Sense of grandiosity or exaggerated self-esteem
- Talking more than usual or more loudly or quickly
- Easily distracted
- Trying to do too many things at once
- Engaging in risky or reckless behavior
- Racing thoughts
Hypomanic symptoms are less severe versions of manic symptoms.
How is bipolar disorder treated?
As a national expert on bipolar disorder, Dr. Hoopes offers cutting edge treatments for bipolar disorder. However, before starting any treatment plan, the team completes research-level surveys and assessments to diagnose your condition correctly the first time.
The team prescribes medication to relieve your symptoms. If you’ve tried at least two different medicines without symptom relief, they might recommend transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). TMS is a safe, FDA-approved therapy that uses a magnetic pulse to stimulate neurotransmitter activity in the region of your brain that regulates your mood.
In addition to treatment to reduce your symptoms, the team at Live Well Psychiatry might refer you to a provider who offers personalized counseling services to help you explore and understand your condition. They may help you learn strategies to recognize and regulate your symptoms and behaviors to reduce your condition's impact on your life.
For expert diagnosis and treatments for bipolar disorder, call Live Well Psychiatry today.