Bipolar Disorder

Pyschiatric Mental Health Clinic in Mesa, AZ

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Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis Treatment and Medication in Mesa, AZ

Bipolar Disorder- formerly known as manic depressive illness can cause unusual shifts in a person’s mood, energy, and behavior, These fluctuations affect an individual’s ability to carry out day-to-day activities, and with the right help, these issues can be controlled.

At Foothills Psychiatric Clinic in Mesa, AZ, our board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner Simon George and his excellent team diagnose and treat Bipolar Disorders to stabilize the mood and thoughts of individuals to help them live a better life.

We offer both Online and offline consultations. To schedule an appointment kindly call our office.

Bipolar Disorder Symptoms and Treatment- Questions and Answers

What is Bipolar Disorder

According to National Institute of Mental Health, Bipolar Disorder (formerly called manic- depressive illness) is a mental health condition characterized by unusual shifts in a person’s mood, energy levels, and behavior, also called mood swings.

Three forms of bipolar disorder exist, each marked by noticeable alterations in mood, energy, and levels of activity.

1. Manic Episodes: These mood shifts are extremely “up” – elated, irritable, or energized behavior.
2. Depressive Episodes: Very “down” mood shifts- sad, indifferent, or hopeless periods.
3. Hypomanic Episodes: conditions with less manic episodes

A person struggling with bipolar disorder faces difficulties in performing day-to-day tasks. They can have mood shifts due to many reasons and it is normal, but if the conditions starts getting worse, it is recommended to consult your nearby healthcare provider. Out healthcare providers at Foothills Psychiatry in Mesa, AZ can help reduce symptoms and effects of the illness.

What are the signs and symptoms of bipolar disorder?

Individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder undergo phases of intense emotions, altered sleep routines, and shifts in activity levels. Listed below are some common symptoms:

Symptoms of Manic Episodes in BipolarBipolar Disorder Symptoms of Depressive Episodes
Feeling capable of doing many things at once without getting tiredFeeling unable to do even simple things
Feeling important, talented, or powerfulFeeling hopeless or worthless, even thinking about death or suicide
Racing thoughtsTrouble concentrating or making decisions
Excessive appetite for food, drinking, sex, or other pleasurable activitiesLack of interest in almost all activities
Decreased need for sleepTrouble falling asleep, waking up too early, or sleeping too much
More active than usualFeeling slowed down or restless
Feeling very up, high, elated, or extremely irritable or touchyFeeling very down or sad, or anxious

Bipolar Disorder Risk Factors

Based on most research and studies, people agree that many factors can likely cause bipolar disorder. Some of them can be:

Family History and Genetics: Studies indicate that individuals with specific genetics are more prone to developing bipolar disorder. Furthermore, research demonstrates that individuals with a family history of bipolar disorder, particularly with affected parents or siblings, are at higher risk of experiencing the disorder themselves. It’s worth noting that bipolar disorder is influenced by multiple genes, and it doesn’t stem from a single gene.

Brain structure and functioning: It is evident from studies that brains with bipolar disorders work differently than other brains. Based on the diagnosis and test results, our healthcare experts in Mesa Arizona can provide a treatment plan and medications to help you stabilize and control your condition.

Traumatic Life Events: Traumatic life events can impact bipolar disorder in several ways such as – triggering those events, traumas complicating the treatment process, increased vulnerability, frequent mood swings. Highlighting these traumas can help your healthcare provider to better understand your conditions and provide treatment options best suitable for you.

Substance Abuse: Regular consumption of drugs or substances can also affect how human brain functions and cause bipolar disorders. If you or someone in your family feels very frequent and unusal mood shifts, kindly contact your nearest healthcare provider. Foothills Psychiatric Clinic is Mesa, AZ also provides medication and support for substance abuse and bipolar disorder. Kindly call our office in Mesa, AZ for appointments and consultations.

How is Bipolar Disorder Diagnosed

To confirm first if you are struggling with bipolar disorder, the team at Foothills Psychiatry in Mesa conducts a comprehensive evaluation. They will ask about your thoughts, emotions, feelings, lifestyle habits, any medications you are taking, and medical history.

Our Psychiatric Health Care Professionals at also offers pharmacogenomic testing to determine which medicines can work best with your conditions. We can prescribe a customized treatment plan based on the current situation.

Bipolar Disorder Treatment and Medication

An effective treatment plan for Bipolar Disorder usually includes medication, psychotherapy (also called talk therapy), or a combination of both. Foothills Psychiatry can help you choose the right treatment plan for you:

a.) Medications for stabilizing Bipolar Disorder:
Medication management can help improve and manage your mood fluctuations and symptoms associated with bipolar disorder. Our team can provide mood stabilizer medications based on the evaluation of your current conditions. As we work both offline and online, we can prescribe medications during in-person consultations or prescribe medications online and send to your nearest pharmacy.

b.) Psychotherapy:
Psychotherapy, often referred to as talk therapy, is an effective treatment plan for individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder. This therapeutic approach includes various techniques aimed at assisting individuals in recognizing and modifying distressing emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Such therapy offers support, education, and guidance not only to individuals with bipolar disorder but also to their families.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), is can be effective in treating depression. CBT can offer significant help in treating bipolar depression and insomnia.

c. Other Positive Lifestyle Changes :
Most initial stages of bipolar disorders can be controlled by adopting healthy lifestyle habits. Healthy lifestyle changes such as eating healthy and nutritious foods, getting plenty of rest, regular workout sessions, traveling, etc. Choosing these healthy habits can reduce stress levels and stabilize mental health conditions.

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