People with bipolar disorder, also called manic-depressive illness, experience extreme, abrupt “mood swings” between periods of elevated mania or depression, usually with no clear cause. Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that often develops between the ages of 15–25. While the cause of bipolar disorder is unknown, it occurs most often in those with a family history of the disease.
Each mood phase may last for a period of a few days up to a few months. According to the National Institutes of Health, the elevated, manic phase of bipolar disorder includes the following symptoms:
Meanwhile, the depressed phase includes the following:
Mood stabilizing drugs and psychotherapy can be effective in managing and balancing bipolar disorder. If you think you or someone you know has bipolar disorder, contact us for a confidential psychiatric evaluation.
For more information on anxiety disorders, visit the National Institute of Mental Health.
Talking with one of our mental health professionals could help answer your questions and identify how we may be able to help you or your loved one. We offer no-cost, confidential assessments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 512-544-5253. If you are currently experiencing an emergency, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.