Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder services offered in Doylestown and King Of Prussia, PA

If you’re very sad one minute and overjoyed the next, these extreme mood swings could be a symptom of bipolar disorder. At P.S. Psychiatry in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Eileen Peirce, RN-BSN, PMHNP-CRNP, and the team diagnose and treat this condition to stabilize your mood and improve your quality of life. Call the office to schedule an in-person or telehealth appointment, or use the online booking feature today.

Bipolar Disorder Q&A

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder, also referred to as manic depression, is a mental health condition characterized by mood swings (depression cycled with euphoria). The condition can make everyday living difficult by affecting your judgment, relationships, job, or schooling when left untreated. 

See a P.S. Psychiatry specialist at the first sign of symptoms that negatively affect your quality of life.

What are the common types of bipolar disorder?

Various forms of bipolar disorder exist. Examples include:

Bipolar 1 disorder

Bipolar 1 disorder is a condition defined by manic (extreme happiness) episodes lasting for at least seven days or having manic symptoms that are very severe. The mania cycles with depressive episodes that often last at least two weeks.

Bipolar II disorder

Bipolar II disorder causes patterns of depressive and hypomanic episodes that are less severe than manic episodes present in bipolar I disorder.

Cyclothymic disorder

Cyclothymic disorder, or cyclothymia, causes recurring hypomania and depression symptoms that aren’t as long or intense.

What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?

The symptoms you experience depend on which type of bipolar disorder you have and may include:

  • Sadness cycled with euphoric feelings
  • Feeling very tired or extremely energized
  • Mood swings
  • Sleeping too much or not enough
  • Intense emotional fluctuations
  • Risky behaviors
  • Poor decision-making
  • Irritability
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Loss of interest in favorite things
  • Feeling hopeless or worthless
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Substance misuse 

Episodes of mania or depression may last a day, several days, or even weeks. They can negatively affect your ability to work, attend school, or maintain strong interpersonal relationships. 

How does my provider diagnose bipolar disorder?

To diagnose bipolar disorder and develop an effective treatment, your P.S. Psychiatry specialist completes a psychiatric evaluation in person or virtually via telemedicine. They review your lifestyle, medical history, and symptoms by asking about your mood, thoughts, and emotions. Your provider also offers genetic testing for medication selection. They then tailor your bipolar disorder treatment plan.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

P.S. Psychiatry offers the following treatments to reduce troublesome bipolar disorder symptoms:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Interpersonal and social rhythm therapy (IPSRT)
  • Psychoeducation
  • Family-focused therapy
  • Other forms of psychotherapy (talk therapy)
  • Medication management
  • Nutrition and wellness coaching
  • Combinations of treatments

P.S. Psychiatry provides services for children, adolescents, and adults. You can meet with a mental health specialist in the P.S. Psychiatry office or from the comfort of your home. They follow up with you weekly or as needed to ensure long-lasting symptom relief. 

If you suspect you or a loved one has bipolar disorder, schedule an evaluation at P.S. Psychiatry by phone or request one online today.