Bipolar Disorder Treatment in Wylie, TX
Bipolar disorder (which has previously been referred to manic-depressive illness or manic depression) is a mental illness that causes rapidly changing mood episodes, changes in energy, and activity as well as changes in your ability to focus and carry out typical daily activities.
Throughout her training, Dr. Gardner received extensive experience in treating patients with a variety of psychiatric illnesses, using both psychopharmacology (medications) and psychotherapy (talk-therapy). She also worked in a variety of settings including inpatient psychiatric units, psychiatric emergency departments, private and public hospitals, outpatient psychiatric clinics, and the Veteran’s Affairs hospital. For more information about bipolar disorder and other mental health services we provide at our office in Wylie, call (214) 997-4459 to schedule your appointment online.
Types of Bipolar Disorders
- Bipolar I Disorder – People may experience depressive episodes that last at least 2 weeks, along with manic episodes that can require hospitalization, and symptoms that last a week or longer. Some people experience a mix of both mood symptoms (depression and mania) simultaneously.
- Bipolar II Disorder – This disorder is characterized by a sequence of depressive episodes and hypomanic episodes. This does not include, however, the very severe or week-long manic episodes that are typically seen in Bipolar I.
- Cyclothymic Disorder – This disorder is characterized by episodes of hypomanic symptoms as well as multiple episodes of depression that lasts at least two years.
Signs of Bipolar Disorder
People with bipolar disorder often experience episodes of very intense emotions, disturbances in sleep patterns, and engage in uncharacteristic behavior when in a manic or hypomanic state.
You may also have bipolar disorder even if your symptoms appear less severe. For example, during a hypomanic episode, a person may feel fine and be able to keep up with daily life. Without proper treatment, however, people who have experienced hypomania may develop severe mania or depression.
Are There Treatments for Bipolar Disorder?
Once your doctor has diagnosed you with Bipolar Disorder (I or II), you will discuss the best treatment plan. Treatments generally involve medication management.
You will need to discuss these treatment plans with your doctor as they will be the ones managing your treatment progress.