Bipolar disorder is a lifelong mental health condition that you can manage when you have the right help. At Spectrum Behavioral Health LLC in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the team of highly skilled mental health clinicians takes a collaborative and integrative approach to bipolar disorder. The outpatient mental health clinic customizes therapeutic plans using evidenced-based approaches that help you grow, heal, and reach your goals. Call the office or schedule a consultation online today. In-office and telemedicine appointments by video or phone are available.
Moodiness is normal as long as it doesn’t interfere with your normal functioning. People with bipolar disorder experience significant and unexpected shifts in mood that fluctuate between periods of mania and depression.
Mania is feeling very happy, up, and elated. Though this may sound like a good thing, bipolar disorder mania can make it hard to sleep, cause racing thoughts, and affect decision-making, as well as irritability and anxiety.
Depression symptoms of bipolar disorder cause a low mood and energy level, making you feel hopeless, helpless, and disinterested in people and activities.
Bipolar disorder is a type of spectrum disorder that affects everyone differently. The mental health professionals at Spectrum Behavioral Health LLC classify bipolar disorder into types based on the severity of symptoms.
Types of bipolar disorder include:
Bipolar I disorder is the most severe. People with this type experience manic episodes that last more than seven days or require hospitalization. Depression that lasts two or more weeks usually follows the manic episode.
Bipolar II disorder is less severe than bipolar I disorder, causing episodes of hypomania and depression. Hypomania is less severe than mania, lasting only a few days.
Cyclothymia is a chronic condition in which people fluctuate between periods of low-level depression and hypomania for two or more years, with very few weeks where they have a normal mood.
Cyclothymia also affects children and teens, causing shifts in mood that last a year or more.
Mood stabilizing medications are the primary treatment for people who have bipolar disorder. However, combining therapy with medication may help you better understand your mood disorder, recognize triggers, and develop strategies that keep your mood stable.
The team at Spectrum Behavioral Health LLC takes a holistic and collaborative approach to mental health, developing a therapeutic plan that helps you grow, heal, and reach your goals. The team uses evidence-based approaches for bipolar disorder, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and family therapy.
For comprehensive management of bipolar disorder, call Spectrum Behavioral Health LLC or schedule an appointment online today.