Bipolar Disorder

Adult Psychiatry Clinic located in Tempe, AZ

Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar Disorder services offered in Tempe, AZ

Sudden shifts in mood and behavior are telltale signs of bipolar disorder. At Alevea Mental Health in Tempe, Arizona, the team of adult psychiatric specialists provides personalized care for all forms of bipolar disorder. The experienced team works closely with you to develop an individualized plan that addresses your specific needs. Call Alevea Mental Health or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about bipolar disorder.

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that causes intense mood changes. Individuals with bipolar disorder typically experience manic and depressive episodes. 

During a manic episode, you may feel elated, high-energy, or invincible. Depressive episodes often lead to extreme lows and feelings of hopelessness. Understanding the type of bipolar disorder you have allows the team at Alevea Mental Health to tailor your treatment to address your unique symptoms.

Are there different types of bipolar disorder?

There are four main types of bipolar disorder:

Bipolar I

The most common type, bipolar I, involves at least one manic episode that requires hospitalization. Individuals with bipolar I may also have depressive episodes, but they’re not required for a diagnosis.

Bipolar II

Bipolar II disorder causes less severe episodes of mania, called hypomania, and depressive periods.

Cyclothymic disorder

Cyclothymic disorder is a rare mental health condition that causes mood swings and emotional highs and lows that aren’t as intense as bipolar I.

Unspecified bipolar disorder

Unspecified bipolar disorder is a mood disorder that causes manic episodes, but the rest of your symptoms may not warrant a bipolar diagnosis.

What are the symptoms of bipolar manic episodes?

Manic episodes cause symptoms such as:

  • Insomnia
  • High energy
  • Irritability
  • Delusions or hallucinations
  • Feelings of self-importance
  • Talking fast
  • Feeling elated or overjoyed

During a manic episode, you may feel invincible and partake in risky endeavors, such as spending large amounts of money.

What are the symptoms of bipolar depressive episodes?

Depressive episodes often cause a wide range of symptoms, including:

  • Low energy
  • Sadness and hopelessness
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Difficulty concentrating

Without treatment, depressive episodes may diminish your ability to work, attend school, or maintain your interpersonal relationships.

What are the treatments for bipolar disorder?

Treating bipolar disorder requires a combination approach that often includes:

  • Mood stabilizers
  • Antipsychotics
  • Antidepressants
  • Antidepressant-antipsychotic medications
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Interpersonal and social rhythm therapy (IPSRT)
  • Continued counseling

After diagnosing your disorder, the team works with you to create an individualized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs. Personalized care can help you maintain a positive and healthy life.

To learn more about bipolar disorder, call Alevea Mental Health or schedule an appointment online today.